The Lavinia Sinclair PHD Scholarship – Preservation of native trees and soils

Ecological research focused on native forest/woodland health and resilience using a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach.

The focus will be on plant/community dynamics in the context of animal, fungi and soil interactions. The aim will be to understand the effects of threats to these natural ecosystems, including drought, fire, pests and diseases, or combinations thereof. The sequence of PhD studies will allow for a series of specific research questions that will help us to better understand some of this inter-connected complexity to help develop appropriate adaptive measures to assist the preservation of these local, iconic forests/woodlands/heathlands.

The aim of the broad/generic Project description is to appeal to a wide range of local and international potential PhD students. The opportunity to set up a relatively long term, integrated program involving a range of disciplines is exciting and highly valuable. The opportunity to design a program of studies that can integrate and complement research already underway will be very beneficial to existing research being undertaken within the Harry Butler Institute. The student will benefit from working alongside fellow researchers, access to a wide range of academics and the opportunity to explore a range of disciplines.

Funding bodyMurdoch University on behalf of the Late Lavinia Sinclair
Study levelPhD
ValueUp to $30,000 p.a.
Duration and start dateAvailable for three and a half years commencing July 2021
Application criteria
  • The successful candidate will have completed a Masters by research degree or an Honours degree (Australian H2A or H1, or equivalent) by December 2020
  • Experience in a relevant discipline
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary and collegial team.
  • Demonstrate high levels of written and oral communication skills.
Application deadline1st February 2021
How to applyInterested candidates should submit:
  • A detailed CV
  • Expression of interest (one page maximum)
  • Reference from academic supervisor
Please submit all your application documents to Professor Giles Hardy ( before 6th November 2020
Contact for more informationPlease direct all questions about this scholarship to Professor Giles Hardy on 08 9360 6272 or