Opportunities

PhD opportunity to assess temperate rainforest community resilience

PhD opportunity to assess temperate rainforest community resilience

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC is offering a three year scholarship for a candidate interested in completing a PhD in assessing the resilience and sensitivity of temperate rainforest communities to historic disturbance, climate variability and bushfire.

Using a combination of long-term stand dynamic observations, dendrochronology and landscape spatial analysis, the project will examine the consequences of recent unprecedented landscape scale bushfires in northern New South Wales on a world heritage listed ecosystem renowned for its diversity of ancient plant lineages which exhibit few obvious adaptations to increasing fire activity.

Read more about the project here. For more information on how to apply, contact Prof Patrick Baker at patrick.baker@unimelb.edu.au or Dr Ross Peacock at ross.peacock@mq.edu.au.

Applications are currently open.

Researchers needed for new study on the effects of fire on different ecosystems

Researchers needed for new study on the effects of fire on different ecosystems

Researchers are needed to lead a new project with the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC. The project is being undertaken for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and is investigating the effects of fire on four specific ecosystems - grassy/heathy dry forest, ironbark/box, high altitude shrubland woodland, and tall mixed forest. Expressions of interest are now open for the project.

EOIs closed on 2 September 2020.

This research will examine how fire affects the four specific ecosystems and the resilience and response of each ecosystem to fire. The knowledge and outcomes of this project will strengthen decision making to enhance bushfire management across Victoria. The research is due to be completed by June 2022.

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Frequently asked question

Q: Is there scope for data to be collected in spring 2021?

A: Yes, there is scope for data to be collected in spring 2021, given the current risk to the project in Victoria in regards to COVID-19 restrictions. Please note, DELWP are expecting the project to be delivered in June 2022 and the CRC will be assessing each submissions on their ability to be able to deliver to this time. Those responses with a project plan that builds in risks and redundancies for timely project delivery will be viewed favourably.

Tactical Research Fund

Tactical Research Fund

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC established the Tactical Research Fund in 2017 to encourage the development of short duration research projects meeting the well-defined near-term needs of CRC end-user partners. The broad aim of the Tactical Research Fund is to provide a source of funding for short-term, end-user focused research projects or 12 months or less duration, addressing strategic issues for the sector and that have national significance.  

The Tactical Research Fund is currently not open for applications. Please be advised for the next round of funding by staying up-to-date with our website, Facebook and Twitter.

For more information and key documents visit the Tactical Research Fund page.

Quick response funding

Quick response funding

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC have funding available for quick response research following natural hazards. The aim is to provide support for researchers to travel to areas affected by natural hazards (bushfire, flood, cyclone, severe storm, earthquake or tsunami) to gain an understanding of the event, the impacts and to capture perishable data. Funding support is limited to $2500 (inc. GST) per team for any individual event.

Applicants do not need to be current Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC researchers to be eligible. PhD students are eligible to apply for this funding where an understanding of the event directly relates to their PhD studies. 

For more information and key documents visit the quick response funding page.

Domestic and International Travel Support

Domestic and International Travel Support

Domestic and international conference travel support is available to researchers, PhD students receiving Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC scholarship support and Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Associate students. Total funds available to support travel are capped annually.

File Conference travel application form

Completed forms should be returned via email to:

John Bates, john.bates@bnhcrc.com.au

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