PhD opportunity: Effects of ocean acidification on the functioning Antarctic marine life, University of Queensland, Australia

Deadline for applications: 14 June 2016!

Open to:

  • Self funding students only
  • International applicants

The world’s oceans have absorbed 25-30% of anthropogenic carbon dioxide. This has greatly reduced the accumulation of this greenhouse gas in the atmosphere but has acidified the ocean. Polar waters are especially vulnerable to ocean acidification and are likely to be among the first to be impacted, yet little is known of its effects on the marine microbes that are the base of their food webs and play a major role in biogeochemical cycles that influence global climate.

We seek a highly motivated PhD student who will use metagenomic and metatranscriptomic analyses to characterise the influence of ocean acidification on Antarctic marine microbial communities. While funding is available for the research, the successful candidate will need to secure an Australian Postgraduate Award to cover living expenses.

This project will be based at The University of Queensland (UQ) and is supervised by Dr Paul Dennis (UQ) and Dr Andrew Davidson (Australian Antarctic Division).

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