|Location||Macquarie University, Department of Biological Science|
|Eligibility||Australian and New Zealand residents|
Green Cities: Urban greening for a sustainable future
We are looking for a highly motivated and qualified candidate for a PhD program of research in the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University, commencing early 2017 under the new Green Cities Project – Which plant, where, when and why database for growing urban green space.
This project will facilitate green cities by unlocking opportunities to develop sustainable and resilient urban green spaces. The successful applicant will work in a team of researchers from Macquarie University and Western Sydney University, and engage with the industry partners NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA), and various stakeholders associated with the project.
The successful candidate will investigate the potential for urban greening and successful urban planting under future variable climatic/environmental conditions. Applications are open to international candidates as well as Australian or New Zealand citizens or permanent residents of Australia. The position is based in the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University (North Ryde, NSW), and will collaborate with the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (Richmond, NSW) and the horticulture industry to achieve key applied outcomes in urban science.
Examples of potential topics may include assessing the performance of urban plantings in different climatic/ environmental contexts; plant species tolerance; plant traits; co-benefits (eg. Ecosystem services, biodiversity, human health) of urban plantings; bioclimatic modelling; ecosystem services; green infrastructure; urban ecology, climate change adaptation.
The student will be based within the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University.Depending on the selected project the student will work under the supervision of Professor Michelle Leishman, Professor Lesley Hughes, Dr Linda Beaumont or Dr Rachael Gallagher.
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