University of Newcastle PhD international awards in Ramifications of Climate Change

  • Phd
  • Unknown
  • 30 June 2021

Microbial biodiversity in the tidal zone is responsible for important biological processes such as geochemical cycling and carbon sequestration. Climate change in the Pacific Islands has resulted in the restructuring of these zones affecting local marine ecology.

The tidal interface between the ocean and land is a complex microbiome. Increased rates of shoreline recession and extreme meteorological events due to climate change have resulted in alterations to microbial diversity. This research project will assemble locally relevant biodiversity markers to monitor the effects of climate in the Pacific Islands.  Next-generation technologies will also be employed to assess the changing microbial profiles at the tidal interface. The research will mostly focus on cyanobacteria and their role in nutrient cycling in the Pacific Ocean. The microbial biodiversity and metabolomic profiles of different atolls will also be investigated. Expected outcomes include the development of a predictive model to assess the effects of global warming on microbial diversity.

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A scholarship opportunity may also be available pending approvals and selection by the supervisor. The scholarship opportunity may also be offered to the successful candidate subject to the grant being fully established.


Interested applicants should send an email expressing their interest along with scanned copies of their academic transcripts, CV, a brief statement of their research interests and a proposal that specifically links them to the research project.

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