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PhD position in climate change

Shinichi Nakagawa
Dear All,

If you know a suitable applicant or people interested, please forward this
to them.

Best wishes,



A PhD position: Climate Change: phylogenetic comparative analysis,
meta-analysis and computational modelling

UNSW has announced another round of prestigious PhD scholarship ( We have been lucky enough to have been
awarded one of these.

This project comes with $40,000 per year stipend and $10,000 of research
funding per year (for full 4 years). It is open to both Australian and
international applicants.

The topic is broad intentionally to attract an outstanding student:
Climate change is impacting ecosystems worldwide. Many plant and animal
species will not survive unless their distributions shift. However, not all
species are moving and we don’t systematically understand why. This is a
key challenge for understanding climate impact. In this project students
will tackle important knowledge gaps: Can we use functional traits to
predict species’ ability to shift distributions? Which biotic and abiotic
factors are important in determining species range? Do different processes
act at northern vs southern limits? And, are distributions shaped by
extreme climate events, or by the average conditions at a site? We will
tackle a range of questions relating to climate change using phylogenetic
comparative methods, meta-analysis and computational modelling (our
supervisor team members are experts in these areas).

Given the generous stipend and project funding, an applicant is expected to
be very competitive. We expect an applicant to have at least one
peer-reviewed publication or an equivalent publication or experience which
demonstrate their outstanding abilities.

Supervisory team:
A/Prof Shinichi Nakagawa (
A/Prof Will Cornwell (
Dr Daniel Falster (

If you would like to be considered, send your CV, cover letter, and contact
information to three references to Vera Banschikoff —
[hidden email] — by 18 June 2017. For more information on the
scholarship program, see
Dr Shinichi Nakagawa (Associate Professor / ARC Future Fellow)
Deputy Director of Research, Evolution & Ecology Research Centre, EERC
(Visiting Scientist at Garvan Institute of Medical Research)
Room 5102, Biological Sciences Building (E26)
School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, BEES
The University of New South Wales
Randwick NSW 2052, Sydney, Australia
Mobile: 0422 655 854
Office : 0293 859 138

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