Developing Community Sea Cucumber Culture in Northern Australia Scholarship

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Developing Community Sea Cucumber Culture in Northern Australia Scholarship

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Applications are invited to be submitted to the Office of Research by 4pm on 10/11/2016

This project will explore the expansion of sea cucumber ranching activities to new communities and will focus on developing further understanding of the key environmental factors that influence sea cucumber performance.

This PhD will be supported within an ACIAR-funded project and will focus on developing community-based sea cucumber culture in Vietnam, Philippines, and Northern Australia. USC is the Commissioned Organisation for the project, led by Professor Paul Southgate. In addition to the Vietnamese and Philippine governments, other project collaborators include the Worldfish Centre, Primary Industries and Fisheries, Northern Territory and private sector partners.

The specific aims of this project are to

  • develop further understanding of the environmental factors influencing sea cucumber performance
  • validate the effects of key factors, including predation, on growth and production
  • use GIS to identify suitable sites for sea ranching of sea cucumbers, and
  • develop production and economic models for sea cucumber ranching under varying conditions

For more information please contact Professor Paul Southgate at psouthgate@usc.edu.au .

Eligibility:
To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must:
  • hold a bachelor degree with First Class Honours or be assessed by USC as having an equivalent level of attainment;
  • not hold an equivalent HDR qualification to that being applied for;
  • not be receiving an equivalent scholarship, or salary providing a benefit greater than 75 percent of the APA stipend rate to undertake the HDR
  • recipients must maintain satisfactory progress as a full-time higher degree by research candidate at the University of the Sunshine Coast
  • be supervised by Professor Paul Southgate
Selection criteria:
  • Undergraduate degree achievement
  • Research alignment
  • Publications
  • Most recent and relevant degree
Eligible programs:
Doctor of Philosophy
Number available:
2
Value:
Stipend commensurate with the APA rate (2016 rate - A$26,288)
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