Northern Australian rivers are among the most pristine and productive on earth; however, they face profound change due to human activity. Previous research and monitoring of fish in these rivers have demonstrated the diversity of habitat preferences and annual population variability, but little is known about their key life history and ecological requirements. This makes it difficult to confidently assess and manage for the risks that changes in river flow, habitat modification and climate change will pose to fish and fisheries in the future. Emerging evidence suggests that flexibility in functional traits (e.g. life history, physiology, behaviour, diet) may help fish to respond to environmental change. We have recently commenced and exciting ARC Linkage project on "Forecasting fish resilience to environmental change in northern Australia."As part of this project we are seeking a UWA candidate for a PhD project "Trophic Ecology of Fish".The aim of this project is to examine the influence of flow regime on intraspecific and interspecific variability in the diets of freshwater fish in tropical river systems. [Lead Supervisor: Prof. Michael Douglas (UWA)]. Interested applicants should email an expression of interest to Professor Michael Douglas Michael.Douglas@uwa.edu.au and attach the following;
(i) a full curriculum vitae, including a short statement of your research interests and aspirations
(ii) a copy of your academic record,
(iii) the names and contact details of three referees, and
(iv) an indication of your potential start date.