A PhD project is available investigating the breeding behaviour and response to disturbance of the Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle (Aquila audax fleayi). The project is a collaboration between Professor Elissa Cameron from the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Tasmania, Dr Amelia Koch from the Tasmanian Forest Practices Authority, and Dr Clare Hawkins from the Threatened Species and Marine Section at the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.
Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagles are listed as endangered and are known to be extremely sensitive to disturbance at the nest site. This study aims to assess the behaviour of eagles while on the nest, including their response to disturbing activities, in order to determine the effectiveness of current management around eagle nests. Methods will include remote sensing, and potentially the use of cameras and GPS dataloggers. Data collection will occur around Tasmania. Results will inform a review of eagle nest management.
Field work will be financially supported (AU$20,000) by an industry grant. The student will need to obtain an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) scholarship at the University of Tasmania; thus a background in ecology or animal behaviour, as well as a first class honours mark or publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals, will be essential. The preferred starting date for this project is between July 2014 and February 2015.
Please email a cover letter and 2-3 page CV with contact details for two referees to: Dr Amelia Koch (Amy.Koch@fpa.tas.gov.au) at the Forest Practices Authority, 30 Patrick St Hobart, Tasmania, 7000. Phone 03 6165 4082. The selected student will be encouraged to apply for a Postgraduate Scholarship to cover living expenses.
For further information, please contact Dr Amelia Koch (details above) or one of the other collaborators.
Applications Close: Open until filled.