Animal Biology

Postgraduate research opportunities

 

The School of Animal Biology has a number of postgraduate research projects, some include associated scholarship benefits.

If you are interested in the project please contact the potential supervisor directly to determine whether the project is suitable or available and if the round of applications is appropriate for you.

  1. Current opportunities
  2. Scholarships/ funding

Current opportunities

The PhD Project Portfolio document describes in detail the available projects in the School (updated 05 2014).

A summary of the project areas, titles and supervisors is also listed below.

  1. Neurotrauma
  2. Evolutionary Ecology
  3. Population Genetics/Diversity
  4. Neuroecology

Neurotrauma

Targeted nanoparticles to deliver novel combinatorial treatments for secondary degeneration following neurotrauma

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Overcoming the barriers to clinical translation of red/near-infrared irradiation therapy for treatment of neurotrauma

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Evolutionary Ecology

Sensory ecology: the bioacoustics of plants

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Learning ability and memory in plants

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Fish recruitment dynamics in the Kimberley

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Reproductive and behavioural ecology of guppies

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Molecular warfare in honeybees

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Sexual warfare on the molecular level

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Honeybee molecules combatting Parasites

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Sub-lethal effects of chemicals on honeybees

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Vocal communication in the cooperatively breeding Western Australian Magpie

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Evolution of the mammalian baculum

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The evolutionary genetics of phase change in plague locusts

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Experimental Threshold Evolution

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Population Genetics/Diversity

Marine and terrestrial invertebrate diversity and evolution in the Pilbara region, Australia

Marine - Supervisors:

Terrestrial invertebrates - Supervisors:

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Neuroecology

Escape responses in fiddler crabs

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Comparative colour vision and spatial vision in ants

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The visual world of fiddler crabs

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Scholarships/Funding

Domestic (i.e. Australian and New Zealand Permanent Residents/Citizens), are eligible for APA/UPA funding; ‘International’ applicants can be funded either through scholarship programs from their own country or through competition for International Scholarships at University of Western Australia.

Domestic applications - domestic students have to meet eligibility criteria. In brief:

  • Domestic applicants must be Australian or New Zealand citizens or permanent residents in Australia.
  • Domestic students must have obtained or be expected to obtain an upper division second class honours degree or equivalent.
  • Other criteria apply.

International applications. In brief:

  • International applicants should assess their own eligibility requirements in the first instance.
  • International (IPRS and SIRF) students must have completed an undergraduate degree and attained First Class Honours – or the equivalent; e.g. hold a Masters degree.
  • IPRS and SIRF competition is intense - there are 20 across UWA - most of the successful applicants in the Sciences have degrees from universities equivalent in world rank to the Group of Eight in Australia (Top 300 in Academic Ranking of World Universities) and publications in ISI listed journals (the better your university and your degree classification the less publications become important).
  • UWA has guidelines for applicants regarding English proficiency.
  • Other criteria apply.

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