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. Conserving Koalas on Private Land under Climate Change

Project description: Are you are interested in using multidisciplinary science to solve important species conservation problems under climate change? If so, this may be the perfect PhD project for you. This exciting project will aim to tackle the challenging problem of protecting koalas on private land in New South Wales (NSW), Australia under the threat of climate change. In NSW a large proportion of the koala’s distribution occurs on private land. Therefore, finding solutions to their conservation on these lands is critical for the species’ long-term survival. Yet, projected changes in climate, leading to increased frequency and severity of drought, heatwaves, and fire complicate this challenge and must be considered in developing private land conservation strategies. The successful candidate for this PhD project will work closely with a highly multidisciplinary team of researchers and policy makers to better understand the implications of climate change for conserving koalas on private land in NSW. Using ecological data/models and decision analysis you will explore the consequences of climate change (including the increased occurrence of  drought, heatwaves, and fire) for designing private land conservation initiatives for koalas. This project would suit someone with strong quantitative skills and an interest in working with conservation organisations and governments to solve real-world conservation problems. The project is supported by a broader Australian Research Council Linkage Project and you will work closely with a multidisciplinary team of researchers, governments, and conservation organisations.

Scholarship information: This project is supported by an Australian Research Council Linkage Project and comes with a fully funded 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: 31st October 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.