HDR Scholarship - ARC project in untapped organic remains’ of insects

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This project aims to unlock an untapped record of our planet’s past, insect-derived geolipids, by analysing key reference lipids and biopolymers from a range of modern insects. The well-studied inorganic fossil record has provided a framework for understanding major events in the evolution of life and our planet. However, the proposed project aims to significantly advance current perceptions, by accessing the parallel but rarer organic record of insects that are often entombed and exceptionally preserved fossil material. To achieve this goal, a range of modern reference insects will be investigated to evaluate the lipids and biopolymers (and stable C, H and N isotopes) they synthesise.

Eligibility

• Suitable applicant must have a first class Hons degree, Master’s degree or equivalent in Biology, or Zoology, particularly Entomology or alternatively in Chemistry, Geology or Palaeontology. • Full-time enrolment • Successful recipients must also not be in receipt of any other scholarship.

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Benefits

This scholarship provides a living stipend of $28,854 p.a. pro rata indexed, based on full-time studies, for up to a maximum of 3 years.

Application

Please send full CV and two referee names to Prof. Kliti Grice.

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