Do sediment microbes control invasion success in marine ecosystems?

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Estuaries have enormous economic and commercial value, yet are one of the world’s most heavily invaded ecosystems. Introduced species alter ecosystem function, are the second biggest cause of extinctions worldwide, and cause billions of dollars per year of losses in food production. In terrestrial systems, soil microbes facilitate the spread of invasive plants. This project will integrate modern microbial community analysis and experimental ecology to provide the world’s first field-based quantification of the importance of sediment microbes in facilitating marine invasions under climate change. This will provide understanding of mechanisms facilitating invasions, enhancing management of invaders in NSW, and globally.

The ideal candidate:

  • Completed first class honours or Masters by research in terrestrial, marine or microbial ecology

  • Interested in working at the forefront of the integration of microbial ecology and macroecology to advance fundamental and applied science.

  • Knowledge of microbial ecology an advantage.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

  • Must meet the UNSW entry requirements for English.

  • Strong analytical skills.

  • Scientific publications an advantage.

  • Experience in designing and conducting experiments and field work. Statistical analysis of complex data also desirable.

Supervisory team

Centre for Marine Bio-Innovation

Ecololy and Evolution Research Centre

Centre for Marine Bio-Innovation