Protected areas are the centrepiece of modern conservation management. Anthropocene effects on the Antarctic continent have highlighted the need to establish a modern network of protected areas to secure its unique biodiversity.
This project seeks to assist the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Parties in creating a coordinated, continent-wide network of protected areas that will cope with coming environmental changes.
You will be part of an interdisciplinary, multi-organisational consortium of researchers who work to secure the environmental future of Antarctica, the Southern Ocean and the sub-Antarctic Islands. Our team includes ecologists, applied mathematicians, climatologists, conservation scientists, and policy-makers.
You will work with the newest datasets on biodiversity, ecological proxies and future environmental change.
The PhD project is part of the Securing Antarctica’s Environmental Future (SAEF) Initiative - an Australian Research Council Special Research Initiative that aims to strengthen Antarctic science, policy and governance at a time of rapid environmental and geopolitical change.
The SAEF Initiative will deliver interdisciplinary science to:
- forecast environmental change across the Antarctic region
- deploy effective environmental stewardship strategies in the face of this change
- secure Antarctica as a natural reserve devoted to peace and science.
You may be able to apply for a research scholarship in our annual scholarship round.
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