PhD opportunity: Dissolution of shallow coral reef sediments in an acidifying ocean, Southern Cross University, Australia

Application deadline: 6 September 2015!

Changes in carbonate dissolution due to ocean acidification are potentially more important than changes in calcification to the future accretion and survival of coral reef ecosystems. Most carbonate in coral reefs is stored in old permeable sediments. Because these sediments are critical to the formation of the modern, shallow reef environments such as lagoons, reef flats and coral sand cays, increasing sediment dissolution due to ocean acidification will result in reef loss even if calcification remains unchanged.

Applicants will need to have a 1st Class Honours or Master degree in a related field such as biogeochemistry, environmental chemistry, or closely related. Previous experience with benthic biogeochemistry, modelling, electronic field equipment and handling continuous high-density data sets from automated instrumentation, scientific diving and boating qualifications will be viewed favourably. The project will involve extended periods in the field, sometimes in remote areas.

The PhD scholarship will provide a tax free stipend of $25,800 and tuition fees will be exempt. Interested applicants should send their CV, and a short letter highlighting their research background and interest in this area to Prof. Bradley Eyre- bradley.eyre(at) Only short-listed applicants will be notified. Closing date 6 September 2015 although may extend longer if the position is not filled. Starting date by 11 January 2016.

The projects will be undertaken in the Centre for Coastal Biogeochemistry ( at Southern Cross University which received the highest rank of 5.0, well above world average, in geochemistry in the most recent assessment of research excellence by the Australian government.

More information on the ocean acidification reasearch at the Southern Cross University can be found here.

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