We have another PhD scholarship available to work with JP Hobbs and others on hybridisation in clownfishes. Please contact JP on jp.hobbs (at) uq.edu.au (https://jean-paulhobbs.weebly.com) if you are interested in this project and meet the criteria below.
Project Title Climate change and the genetic consequences of hybridisation in clownfishes
Project description Coral reefs are the world’s most biodiverse marine ecosystem. However, this biodiversity is threatened by escalating human impacts. Theoretical models predict biodiversity loss due to impacts on evolutionary processes, including hybridisation, but this threat remains untested and unmanaged. Using clownfishes as a model group, the PhD student will investigate: 1. whether climate change increases hybridisation; and 2, the genetic consequences of hybridisation.
The PhD student will lead a global project on clownfishes with access to international collaborators and an extensive collection of samples. There will be opportunities for the student to develop their own research agenda and join research expeditions. The student will work in a leading molecular laboratory and join a multidisciplinary team that studies behaviour, sensory neurobiology and ecology.
The successful applicant will enrol through the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Queensland.
Preferred educational background
Masters, first class honours or equivalent with a background in evolutionary biology and/or molecular ecology, especially population genomics. Experience in statistics and bioinformatics (e.g. R, Python, bash) is preferred. Experience with fishes or marine organisms is not required.
*The successful candidate must commence by Research Quarter 4, 2020. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date. International applicants may need to apply much earlier for visa reasons.