QUT Coral Reef Vulnerability Mapping international awards in Australia

  • Phd, Master
  • Variable living allowance
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Project Title: Vulnerability and Risk Mapping of Coral Rubble Generation on the Great Barrier Reef.
Supervisory Team: Associate Professor Scott Bryan, Dr Andrew Fletcher; School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Funding Body and Project Alignment: Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program (www.gbrrestoration.org)
Project Description: The Great Barrier Reef is vulnerable to damage by a range of natural and anthropogenic causes that can generate large and sustained volumes of coral rubble that hinder coral and reef recovery. At present it remains unknown which reefs on the Great Barrier Reef are likely to get, or currently have, significant and damaging coral rubble loads; 2) how frequently does coral rubble generation occur, or if it is a recurring problem; 3) what the timescales or recovery periods are between coral rubble-generating events, which is crucial for the success of intervention methods following a rubble-forming event; and 4) how vulnerability to coral rubble generation may vary both along and across the Great Barrier Reef. The project(s) will focus on key areas in the Great Barrier Reef and integrate several different datasets on drivers of rubble generation (e.g., cyclones tsunamis, Crown of Thorns Starfish invasions, bleaching events) to develop vulnerability maps at individual reef to local reef group scales.
The Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program (RRAP) is underway on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and is designed as a large-scale collaborative research and development program to develop, test and assess innovative interventions to enhance reef resilience and sustain ecological functions and values. Rubble Stabilisation, a subprogram of RRAP, and is a reef-based R&D project that aims to investigate methods to stabilize damaged reef surfaces where dead or degraded corals have become loose and unconsolidated rubble, preventing or slowing reef recovery. As a first step then, it is important to be able to identify coral reefs that can benefit most from restoration strategies: those most vulnerable to rubble formation, and those where prevailing wave regimes can make mobile rubble persist and hinder recovery.
Two MPhil scholarships and projects, or One PhD scholarship and project are available.
Expertise and experience is required from candidates in the following:
1) Any of the fields of oceanography, marine science, marine geology, and natural hazards
2) GIS
Experience in the following are highly desired:
1) Coding in Python and R
2) Prior experience with the Great Barrier Reef or other coral reef systems.
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The provision of a scholarship is conditional on successful application and admission to the Doctor of Philosophy or Master of Philosophy course.
Applicants will be assessed against the Science and Engineering Faculty’s scholarship criteria, namely:
Criteria 1: Grade point average (GPA) of at least 6
Criteria 2: Publications and conference or journal patents
Criteria 3: Research, lab, field and professional experience
Criteria 4: Strategic alignment with faculty research strengths, priorities and values
Criteria 5: School and supervisor support
Criteria 6: English language proficiency level (benchmarked and ranked against an overall score higher than QUT's minimum English test requirements, or a comparison for approved QUT EMI equivalence)


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A possible extension of up to six-month, subject to approval by QUT. International students will also be considered for a Tuition Fee Sponsorship. There will either be two MPhil scholarships or one PhD scholarship.


Part One
Interested applicants must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for consideration prior to applying for this scholarship, as per QUT's how to apply website. The EOI must include:
  • an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV), including recent IELTS or equivalent score for international applicants
  • a two-page research proposal addressing the scholarship topic
  • a writing sample (e.g. copy of an article/essay/thesis you have completed).

The EOI should indicate that you are applying for this scholarship, and must have Associate Professor Scott Bryan nominated as your potential supervisor.
The EOI must be submitted online no later than Friday 20 November 2020.
Part Two
On review of the EOI selected applicants will then be invited to submit a full application.
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