Ecological restoration strategies in urban ecosystems

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Regeneration of native vegetation is a key tool for conserving the biodiversity of Australia’s cities. Despite the investment of substantial amounts of council funds and thousands of volunteer hours in urban bush regeneration projects, we have almost no information on the efficacy of different regeneration strategies. In this project, we will combine past records from regenerators and councils with new surveys of vegetation condition to assess the success of different regeneration techniques. This research will transform Australian bush regeneration from guesswork to a rigorous scientifically-backed endeavour, improving our ability to return degraded urban habitats to functioning ecosystems.

IDEAL CANDIDATE

The successful candidate will have an undergraduate degree and research experience (e.g. Honours or MSc research) in Ecology. They will have strong statistical analysis skills and effective written and oral communication skills (preferably including past experience in manuscript preparation). They will need to coordinate with a large (existing) network of Sydney council land managers and bush regenerators, so will need the capacity to work with a diverse range of people. In addition, the successful candidate should be capable of leading field research, and be willing to acquire plant identification skills for the flora of the Sydney region. A driver’s license is essential. The successful candidate will be part of a vibrant, collaborative and supportive research group, so good interpersonal skills and a passion for ecology are essential.
Supervisory team
Stephen
Bonser

Science
Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences
Angela
Moles

Science
Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences
David
Eldridge

Science
Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences
s.bonser@unsw.edu.au