Reconstructing human-environment interactions in Port Phillip Bay

  • Phd
  • $28392 per annum; fees waived
  • 15 September 2020

We are seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated student to undertake a fully-funded PhD project reconstructing the Holocene palaeoenvironment of Port Phillip Bay and investigating human-environmental interactions. The project builds on existing data, with new cores taken by our Industry Partners LXRP. A combination of pollen and charcoal analyses, and geochronological approaches will be used to investigate palaeoecological and sea level changes in the bay; these will be related to archaeological evidence in the region to build a better understanding of human-environment interactions. There is scope to tailor elements of the project to the skills and interests of the candidate.

Port Phillip Bay, on which Melbourne is situated, has a complex history, with evidence for a late Holocene drying event within the last 2,800-1,000BP years, corroborated by local Aboriginal oral traditions. The cores recovered by LXRP on the eastern flank of the bay extend back to 14,000 BP, and offer the opportunity to better resolve our understanding of both sea level fluctuations and palaeoecological change within the bay and relate these to archaeology. There is scope to retrieve further cores with justification.

We are seeking a graduate with a strong academic record, previous experience in geochronology and/or microscopy is desirable but not essential as training will be given.

This research is respectfully carried out on Bunurong Country and will be undertaken in consultation with all stakeholders.
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Applicants must have:
  • a Masters by research degree in a relevant discipline completed within the last ten years assessed at a La Trobe Masters by research standard of 75 or above;
  • an Honours degree, Masters by coursework or ungraded Masters by research degree completed within the last ten years where you achieved a weighted average mark of 70 or above across any coursework subjects;
any of the following assessed at a La Trobe Masters by research standard of 75 or above:
- a research thesis of approximately 15,000-20,000 words; or
- the degree includes a written research component comprising at least 3/8 of one year; or
- you are the lead author of a peer-reviewed publication or other research published within the last ten years


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$28392 per annum; fees waived; full training provided


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