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PhD opportunities available now


The ideal student will be motivated to conduct research in one or more of the fields of: biodiversity conservation, field ecology, ecological modelling, biogeography or wetlands ecology. Interested candidates should read the project descriptions below and contact the relevant staff member in the first instance.

Further details on Griffith University’s application process can be found here. Please also read the guidelines below before contacting GLOW staff.

The email addresses for the staff below can be found here.


  • Automation of environmental monitoring

    Environmental monitoring is on the brink of a step change in effectiveness. Building on GLOW’s automated fish identification system, the student will use ecological and statistical frameworks to determine how best to automate the gathering, quality assurance, and analysis, of environmental data. Contact: Professor Rod Connolly.

  • Mapping the world’s mangrove ecosystem services

    Mangroves are one of the most valuable ecosystems on Earth, providing us with a range of services including carbon sequestration, coastal protection, fisheries, and water quality improvement. The ultimate goal of the project is to develop a global map of ecosystem services of mangrove which could aid in the better management, conservation, and restoration of these valuable ecosystems. Contact: Dr Fernanda Adame or Dr Chris Brown.

  • Conserving nursery habitats to support sustainable fisheries

    Wetland habitats like seagrass, saltmarsh and mangroves support significant commercial, recreational and cultural fisheries. This project will involve a combination of field-work to establish nursery habitat use of key fishery species and modelling to scale-up the benefits of habitats for fisheries. Overall it aims to quantify the value of nursery habitats and inform on their management. Key outcomes will include quantifying the value of habitat for fisheries and tools that can be used to inform priorities for habitat restoration. This project is with Associate Professor Chris Brown and is based at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, Australia. Contact Chris for more information


Australian students

Australian citizens and permanent residents should have been awarded a 1st Class Honours degree or equivalent (e.g. Masters by research) in a relevant field. Ideally, they will also have published a lead authored paper in an internationally recognized peer-reviewed journal.

International students

International applicants must have been awarded a 1st Class Honours degree or equivalent (e.g. Masters by research) in a relevant field. They must be lead author on at least one publication in an internationally recognized peer-reviewed journal. To be considered, journals should be internationally recognized, for instance they should have an Impact Factor rating from ISI.