PhD (geochemistry/sedimentology/palynology) – James Cook University, Aus

As part of an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship, Professor Michael Bird is seeking to appoint a PhD student in the general areas of sedimentology, geochemistry and/or palynology. The five-year project will produce terrestrial records of environmental change before, during and after the arrival of humans in Australian savannas. These records will be extracted from sediments accumulated in newly identified sinkholes in the northern Australia. Sediment cores will be used to develop palaeoenvironmental records of changes in water balance, vegetation type and fire activity.

The PhD scholarship includes a stipend for 3.5 years currently valued at $25,406 p.a. with costs associated with travel, fieldwork and laboratory analysis covered by the project. Applicants with a Masters Degree or at least an First Class Honours degree and an appropriate background in Earth Sciences, Physical Geography or Archaeology should contact Professor Michael Bird for further information (<> ; ) .

Start date: as soon as possible.


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