PhD Project on Evidence-Based Ecosystem Recovery

Accepting applications now

The UN Decade of Ecosystem Recovery 2021-2030 has initiated a flurry of ecological restoration activity globally. How can we set realistic recovery objectives for threatened ecosystems? How do we measure and track success towards these goals? How do we ensure the restoration actions will achieve these desired outcomes?

The PhD research will focus on establishing evidence-based methods for ecosystem recovery. The student will join a team of researchers, primarily supervised by Dr Jessica Walsh. The student will be based at School of Biological Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

The project could follow any of these avenues of research:

  • Developing methods to strategically prioritise restoration and protection of threatened ecosystems,
  • Ecological modelling to identify effective and cost-effective pathways of recovery, or
  • Developing methods to assess recovery of ecosystem services.

The project topics are flexible and will be matched to suit the skills and interests of the candidate.

Successful candidate must have (essential):

  • First-class Honours (or equivalent) and fulfil the Monash University PhD requirements
  • A strong interest in ecosystem recovery, biodiversity conservation and decision making,
  • Evidence of quantitative research skills, such as ecological modelling, statistics or spatial analysis, or be confident in their ability to develop these skills,
  • A willingness to learn new concepts and methods, and engage with interdisciplinary collaborators and stakeholders in a professional manner.

Evidence of one or more of the following would be desirable:

  • Experience with IUCN Red Listing processes, ecological restoration or other related topics,
  • Be enthusiastic about research that is applicable and relevant to conservation end-users and decision makers,
  • Be willing to conduct interviews or workshops with practitioners for data collection,
  • Be motivated, hard-working, independent and able to produce high-quality research within set time frames,
  • Have scientific peer-reviewed publications.

If you are interested, please email your CV, transcripts and a Statement of Research Interest to Jessica Walsh (