Opportunities

PhD project: Understanding nutrient use by cyanobacteria using a molecular ecology approach

Recent studies have shown that the use of nutrients by cyanobacteria is much more complex than recently thought and may explain why models have been poor predictors of cyanobacterial blooms. This project will use cutting edge molecular methods, culture studies and links to modelling to understand how cyanobacteria use nutrients under fluctuating environmental conditions. 

PhD project: New approaches to understanding how land degradation is affecting coastal fisheries

Do you have an interest in how human activities in the land are impacting on our oceans? We have an exciting new project looking at how degradation of land has affected the productivity of coastal areas, with a focus on fisheries species. The project would focus on two key areas: Moreton Bay adjacent to the city of Brisbane, and Princess Charlotte Bay, in north Queensland. There is potential to undertake projects measuring how floods affect nutrient releases and subsequent productivity, and development of new tracer methods to track catchment sources to the sea. 

PhD project: Reducing nutrients in catchments to improve water quality

Algal blooms and a range of other water quality problems are caused by excessive nutrients as a result of human activities. One of the important sources of nutrients is the catchment and in much of Australia, land degradation is a major contributor to nutrients being lost from the land to the water. There is a major gap in knowledge in what the most effective strategies are to reduce nutrient losses. This information is critical to cost-effectively improving water quality in our rivers, estuaries and the coast.

If you would like to find out more, contact:

Michele Burford


Executive Deputy Director and Professor, Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University, Nathan

Ph.D - Biology (University of Queensland)

Contact details:

Phone: +61 (0)7 3735 6723

Email: m.burford@griffith.edu.au