Feral predator control effects on community structure

This project is available as an Honours or PhD. An Honours project would compare trials to assess the efficacy of using a scent detection dog to detect cats and foxes across varying habitat and terrain, developing an index for feral predator abundance. A PhD project would extend this to undertake trials of cat and fox control in large fenced enclosures and open areas and impacts on biodiversity, particularly diversity and abundance of the “critical weight range” group of Australian native mammals. This project will include working with “Halo”, our cat and fox scent detection English Springer Spaniel and her handler.

 

Project partners include: The University of Queensland, Dr Megan Brady (The Gainsdale Group), Dennis Gannaway and ‘Halo’ (Bellden Environmental Services)

Field assistance is available for this Honours project and PhD Scholarship top-up and operational funds may be available following attainment of First Class Honours or for a candidate with considerable relevant research experience.

For further information contact Dr Megan Brady, megan.brady@gainsdale.com.au

 

 

Restoration trajectories and landscape function following experimental weed removal

This project is available first as an Honours but could evolve into a PhD following successful completion of Honours. An Honours project would undertake experimental trials of weed removal, assessing their efficacy and regeneration of native vegetation. A PhD project could extend this to investigate changes in landscape function and productivity at long-term restoration sites.

 

Project partners include: The University of Queensland, Dr Megan Brady (The Gainsdale Group)

Field assistance is available for this project and PhD Scholarship top-up and operational funds may be available following attainment of First Class Honours.

For further information contact Dr Megan Brady, megan.brady@gainsdale.com.au