PhD position available

Jonathan.Gardner at Jonathan.Gardner at
Fri Aug 28 10:58:04 EST 1998

I would appreciate it if the following could be posted on the list
(apologies for cross postings).

PhD position in marine ecology at Victoria University of Wellington, New

A PhD project is offered by the School of Biological Sciences for research
focusing on marine community recolonisation and succession following a
large-scale die-off event in Wellington harbour. Many marine communities in
the harbour suffered exceptionally high levels of mortality following the
major and naturally occurring toxic algal bloom event of March 1998. This
research will examine community recolonisation and succession in a variety
of marine habitat types to test hypotheses about community recovery
following disturbance, and the importance of processes such as competition
and predation in structuring communities. This research will involve boat
work and diving. The successful applicant will be based at the University's
Island Bay Marine Laboratory and will be jointly supervised by Drs Jonathan
Gardner and Bob Wear.

The successful applicant will be awarded a Victoria University PhD stipend
of NZ$12,000 pa for 3 years to cover living expenses. Citizens from New
Zealand, Australia, France and Germany will have their domestic level fees
paid for by the University (currently NZ$2700 pa). Citizens from all other
countries will receive a contribution of NZ$2700 pa towards their
international fees of NZ$17,000 pa. The closing date for applications is 1
October 1998. The anticipated start date for the project is March 1999.
Students with interest and/or experience in intertidal and shallow subtidal
temperate community ecology, and preferably with diving experience
(PADI/NAUI certified, or equivalent), are encouraged to apply.

For further details about the research project please contact Jonathan
Gardner by email (jonathan.gardner at For application forms please
contact the Scholarships Office (email maureen.penning at The
closing date for applications is 1 October 1998. 

Dr Jonathan Gardner
Manager, Island Bay Marine Laboratory
Lecturer in Marine Ecology
School of Biological Sciences
P O Box 600
New Zealand

tel 0064 4 472 1000 ext 8170
fax 0064 4 471 5331
fax 0064 4 471 5331
email jonathan.gardner at

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