Supervisor: Professor Anthony Richardson

Tuna fisheries are some of the biggest, most valuable and iconic globally, but are found in the marine equivalent of deserts on land. How the marine food web supports these productive fisheries is an open question, as is how these fisheries will respond to climate change. This project will answer these questions by modelling the global marine ecosystem from bacteria to whales using size spectrum models, based on systems of partial differential equations. The successful student needs a background in applied mathematics and an interest in the natural world.

The successful student will be part of the Mathematical Marine Ecology research lab at the University of Queensland. This project comes with a tuition scholarship and a living stipend of $27,596 per annum tax-free (2019 rate), indexed annually. The scholarship is for 3 years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions. Domestic and international students are welcome to apply.

The project will support travel to an international conference during the PhD.

Students will enrol through the School of Mathematics and Physics. To apply, go to Contact Professor Anthony J. Richardson for more information.

Project members