Ecosystem restoration through rewilding

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Australia has the world's worst record of mammal extinctions. In arid ecosystems, extinction of native mammals and loss of ecological services they provide has been accompanied by severe soil erosion and shifts in vegetation composition. The Centre for Ecosystem Science’s Wild Deserts project, is one of the nation's most significant "rewilding" initiatives to redress the problem of mammal extinctions and land degradation. This PhD project will focus on understanding the effects that reintroduced mammals have on ecosystem structure and function. The findings will reveal how innovative “rewilding” strategies incorporating the ecological functions of mammals can be used to restore ecosystems.

The ideal applicant for this position will need to be able to work independently and be willing to spend considerable periods of time in remote field-work locations. The candidate should have experience in field biology such as conducting botanical and fauna surveys and have skills in experimental design and statistics.

Supervisory team
Mike
Letnic

Science
Centre for Ecosystem Science
David
Keith

Science
Centre for Ecosystem Science
Richard
Kingsford

Science
Centre for Ecosystem Science
m.letnic@unsw.edu.au