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Spatial and temporal variation in zooplankton abundance, secondary prouctivity, and trophic linkages in southern Australian waters

We are seeking a highly motivated PhD student to work on links between zooplankton, the environment, and fish in the Great Australian Bight. The PhD will investigate the spatial and temporal variation in zooplankton abundance, composition and productivity in southern Australian waters. This will involve taxonomic studies using archived and new field samples, biochemical assessments of secondary productivity, and food web studies to identify predators and prey of zooplankton. Changes in the zooplankton community will be interpreted in the context of seasonal variation in oceanography with the objective of identifying key environmental drivers of variability in secondary productivity and food web dynamics in southern Australian waters.
We are seeking a student with interests in zooplankton and oceanography. Experience with the programming language R would be an advantage.
The successful candidate will attract a CSIRO/SARDI top-up scholarship of $7,000 per year and up to $5,000 operating per year.

The PhD candidate will be based at SARDI and supervised by researchers at SARDI Aquatic Sciences, the University of Adelaide, and CSIRO.
Please contact Dr Paul van Ruth: e-mail: paul.vanruth@sa.gov.au,
ph: (08) 8207 5421