The Sustainable Landscapes Group works at a range of spatial scales using primarily quantitative approaches to address landscape sustainability problems. We use empirical data, modelling, and decision analysis to understand and predict impacts and to assess decision and policy options. We work mainly on the following broad themes:

  • Landscape ecology & ecosystem services

  • Environmental decision-making & policy

  • Monitoring & value of information

Our current PhD and other opportunities are listed below, but we welcome discussion with anyone interested in working with us. If you are interested in working with the group please contact j.rhodes@uq.edu.au.

Available PhD Projects

Note that although PhD Projects are available to both international and domestic students, the current Covid-related border closures in Australia mean that candidates need to already be in Australia to be accepted into the PhD Program.  o

1. Managing Ecosystem Services in a Highly Connected World (fully funded PhD scholarship) 


Project description: Are you are interested in using multidisciplinary science to solve global sustainability problems? If so, this may be the PhD project for you. This exciting project will use conceptual and mathematical models to develop new knowledge of how landscape change and climate change affect the benefits people obtain from nature (known as ecosystem services). The benefits people get from nature are enormous. Yet, these benefits are under threat from rapid land use change and climate change. At the same time, where ecosystem services are produced and where they benefit people can be vastly different, especially in a world that is highly connected through trade, movement of people, and flows of information. The successful candidate for this PhD project will work on characterising global flows of ecosystem services and integrating these with models of land use change and climate change. They will then assess how they interact to drive ecosystem service outcomes. This project is part of a larger Australian Research Council Future Fellowship Project and will provide the successful candidate the opportunity to work with some of the world’s leading ecosystem service scientists. This project will suit applicants with a passionate interest in sustainability science and a strong mathematical, statistical, or modelling background.

Scholarship information: This project comes with a fully funded PhD scholarship as part of an ARC Future Fellowship Project. 

How to apply: Send a CV and cover letter explaining why you are interested in this PhD project and why you are a suitable candidate to Jonathan Rhodes (j.rhodes@uq.edu.au).


Closing date: 28th February 2021. 

Project description: Environmental offsets have become a dominant policy tool for compensating for the environmental impacts of development. There has been considerable attention paid to understanding the environmental consequences of alternative offset policy settings. However, the economic consequences of offset policy settings have been largely ignored. This PhD project will aim to address this gap by better understanding the economic trade-offs with biodiversity and ecosystem service outcomes for offsets.

Scholarship information: The successful candidate will need to obtain a UQ Graduate School Scholarship

How to apply: Send a CV and cover letter explaining why you are interested in this PhD project and why you are a suitable candidate to Jonathan Rhodes (j.rhodes@uq.edu.au).


Closing date: This project will remain open until filled.