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Postgraduate Opportunities


Masters Opportunity in Zoology and Entomology

MSc opportunity at Rhodes University for 2020. More information about the project can be found here

Interested candidates should emailCurriculum vitae with two contactable academic referees, motivational letter and academic record to

Closing Date: 31 October 2019

Masters Project: Grassland forb reproduction in drought-stressed systems

MSc project advert for 2020, a collaborative project between the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the University of the Free State.

More information about the project can be found here

Supervisors: Dr Michelle Tedder (UKZN) and Dr Sandy-Lynn Steenhuisen (UFS)

Contact Person for applications/queries: Dr Sandy-Lynn Steenhuisen

Closing Date: 1 November 2019


Otago University-Manaaki Whenua/Landcare Research project on the movement ecology of possums in urban Dunedin.

The project, run in conjunction with Predator-Free Dunedin, seeks to measure possum movements, dispersal behaviour, corridors of reinvasion, and fine-scale habitat use in urban areas. The PhD student to be co-supervised by Yolanda van Heezik and Philip Seddon (Zoology, Otago U) and Deb Wilson (Manaaki Whenua). The student will deploy frequent-fix GPS collars on possums to track fine-scale movements in relation to habitat type in the urban environment, and, if possible, also at the urban–rural interface. Where possible, juveniles will be collared to measure dispersal and reinvasion into controlled areas, with small gps collars suitable for dispersal-age juvenile possums, and that have a drop-off feature to protect growing animals. Other options could be to compare movements between the Otago Peninsula (low numbers following possum control), and before and after control in the peri-urban area.

For more information, please contact Phil Seddon


Improving model-based inference in phylogenetic biogeography

A fully-funded PhD scholarship is available at the University of Auckland to work on improving and testing new models and methods in phylogenetic biogeography by providing information about how species have evolved in response to plate tectonics and climate change, and have implications for topics such as epidemiology and conservation in world with invasive species and global warming.The PhD student will collaborate with Dr. Matzke to produce new methods that allow new phylogenetic biogeography models to make use of resources such as the Paleobiology Database and the open-source plate-tectonics software, GPlates.

If you are interested, and think you qualify (or could soon qualify), please email Nick Matzke at

Closing date: 1 December 2019.

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