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This new fixed-term position is funded by a grant to the Faculty of Science Engineering and Built Environment, School of Life and Environmental Sciences (LES) from the Bushfires and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre, in collaboration with the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. This project will draw on expertise from Deakin's schools of LES, Information Technology and Business and Law, in collaboration with Parks Victoria and the Arthur Rylah Institute. The project aims to develop, implement and evaluate new approaches to monitoring wildlife, including kangaroos, koalas and ducks.
With other team members, the successful applicant will gather data on abundance and habitat condition for Koalas, Kangaroos and ducks using both traditional survey methods and new technology-assisted methods. In collaboration with IT specialists, large datasets will be used to train deep-learning algorithms that automate further data processing. The successful applicant will lead or contribute to modelling species' detection and occupancy using contrasting survey data and use geographic information systems to develop models of vegetation condition including models based on remotely sensed and UAV derived data. The successful applicant will work closely with leading researchers in ecology and spatial data analysis in the Centre for Integrative Ecology at Deakin University. They will also collaborate with experts in information technology and cost-benefit analysis.
Applications close September 12, 2021.