Student project opportunities
Our research group is currently seeking students to undertake a range of fire ecology projects at the Honours or Masters level. Information on specific projects is below, and we're also happy to work with you in developing your own ideas. Please get in touch for more information.
Honours or Masters
For a 2020 start
There are many Honours or Masters project possibilities associated with the Fire & Fragmentation Project, such as:
How does fire influence bird diversity in fragmented landscapes?
Fire is a major source of disturbance in woodland ecosystems, and its frequency and severity are expected to increase under climate change. Together, fire and habitat clearance are the greatest threats to Australia’s birds, and the implications of changing fire regimes for bird diversity in fragmented landscapes are unclear. The stringybark woodland of southwest Victoria and southeast South Australia supports a rich diversity of birds and is among the most flammable ecosystems worldwide. This project will examine the responses of birds to aspects of both fire history and fragmentation with a view to informing ecologically-sensitive management of fragmented systems.