A PhD project is available to study how temperature affects nestling development using a combination of existing and newly-collected data. The research will focus on effects of nest temperatures on metabolism, growth, heat stress, immune maturation, adult performance and molecular aging and how these effects might be mitigated by cooperative breeding. The project will focus on purple-crowned fairy-wrens, Malurus coronatus with field work taking place at AWC Mornington Wildlife Sanctuary in the Kimberley, a beautiful region in the monsoonal tropics of north-west Australia where the research group has been studying a fully colour-banded, known-age population since 2005.
In order to be eligible, students must have four-year undergraduate degree, or Bachelor’s degree with first-class honours, or a master’s degree, research experience, excellent grades, and proven English skills. Successful students will be offered a scholarship (and fee-waiver in the case of international students) of approximately AU$ $26,000, tax-free p.a. for 3-3.5 years, for full time research. Expenses for research, coursework, and conference attendance are covered.
The application process takes place in two stages. Send your initial application to Anne, consisting of: a letter of motivation; a CV; overview of your academic results, and translation if required, preferably indicating cohort rank or percentiles; English test results if available; and the names and contact details of 3 academic references.
If you are selected, you will be sent an invitation to submit a formal application through the Monash University web portal (details here). Please contact Anne if you would like any further information on the projects or the application process. Do check the information presented in this step-by-step guide to check eligibility and requirements.