Mapping marine debris risks around Australia

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Marine debris is a leading environmental concern globally. Threats from marine debris are understood conceptually, but their spatial and temporal distributions are largely unknown. Without this knowledge, we cannot prioritise management actions or predict future change. This project will leverage Australia’s largest marine debris database (AMDD) to create risk maps of marine debris threats around Australia. It will develop novel methodologies to estimate threats for each marine debris item, including threats of ingestion, bioinvasion, and physical degradation, then combine these with the AMDD to map risk. Outcomes will directly inform national and international management of this global problem.

The candidate will have a strong commitment to making a difference in the world, with demonstrated academic excellence in environmental science relative to career-stage. Technical skills that would be beneficial include experimental design, statistical analyses and programming (preferably in R). He or she must be willing to conduct both laboratory and field experiments, and travel for remote fieldwork. Taxonomic identification skills, particularly for marine invertebrates, are also desirable.

Supervisory team
Graeme
Clark

Science
Evolution and Ecology Research Centre
Emma
Johnston

Science
Evolution and Ecology Research Centre
Mark
Browne

Science
Evolution and Ecology Research Centre
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g.clark@unsw.edu.au