Postdoctoral research fellowships — river-floodplain ecology in northern Australia
Charles Darwin University and CSIRO announce two full-time, 3 year, post-doctoral research fellowships based in Darwin, Australia.
The two new linked positions advertised here are part of a cluster hire of four new postdoctoral research fellowships that are focused on river-floodplain ecology and management in northern Australia.
The joint postdoctoral research fellows will be part of a collaborative team at CDU and CSIRO working together to build world-class scientific capability in freshwater ecology and the use of new technology. The fellows will have opportunities to build their own research program and careers by using the national facilities and networks provided by CSIRO and CDU. The postdoctoral researchers will work together with ecologists and modellers at CSIRO Land and Water and the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods at CDU.
Northern Australia is a vast, biologically rich and diverse region which is often poorly understood in comparison to many other parts of the continent. These two positions are intended to improve our capacity to understand impacts of changes in water availability and river flow regime change associated with water resource development in northern Australia.
The first postdoc will explore the linkages between vegetation structure and function in savanna riparian zones. It will determine what we can learn and infer about vegetation water use from understanding how riparian vegetation elements are distributed in three-dimensional space. Developing this understanding will provide insights into how vegetation might respond to changes in water availability and could provide mechanisms for the early detection of water stress in the landscapes of northern Australia. Remote sensing methods will be used to assess structural attributes of vegetation, detect change and link to patterns of vegetation water use.
The second postdoc aims to forecast wetland condition and biodiversity and will develop and apply methods to predict trajectories of wetland condition states in northern Australia under different climate and water management scenarios. Tools, including state and transition simulation modelling, mesocosms, remote sensing and biodiversity surveys and modelling, will be used to explore change in wetland condition (ecological integrity) and biodiversity linked to changes in the flow of ecosystem services and benefits (e.g. carbon, cultural connections, water provisioning and purification) under different scenarios.