Biophysical factors influencing coral reef restoration success
PhD PROJECT DESCRIPTION
Anthropogenic impacts are now threatening coral reefs worldwide and rapid changes to coral reef ecosystems have been widely documented, including on Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef (GBR). To assist coral reef ecosystems overcome future environmental challenges,
conservation efforts coupled with local-scale restoration are now being prioritised in the most degraded reef ecosystems world-wide. Understanding the underlying biological causes and environmental drivers of mortality in restoration programs are fundamental
for developing optimal strategies and improving the feasibility of restoration efforts. The current project builds upon existing innovative trans-disciplinary collaborations to derive new insights into factors that support coral survival, which can be implemented
in coral reef restoration practices across Australia.
The ideal candidate will have an interest in coral reefs, climate change, and reef restoration, and experience working or studying in one of these research areas. This project will be best suited to an outstanding graduate with a strong academic record, including
either a Masters degree or Honours Class I, or the equivalent and an interest in, or experience with, academic publishing or communication of research.
Alex Sen Gupta