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Science and Engineering Faculty

School of Biology and Environmental Science

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We're looking for students to study this topic.


Professor Kerrie Wilson
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Sustainability
Division / Faculty
Division of Research and Innovation


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.

Research activities

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.

Annual scholarship round



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