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Upcoming opportunity: Postdoctoral Fellow, spatial analysis and biodiversity offset evaluation. A position description for this role will be posted soon.

Opportunities exist for prospective PhD students in biodiversity offset policy analysis. Please scroll down for more information on this project, but feel free to contact me if your ideas align with our other research areas. Note in particular the advice on scholarship eligibility and what information to attach to your enquiry. Information about scholarships for postgraduate research at The University of Queensland is available here. If you are an international applicant, please take care to familiarise yourself with the scholarships for which you might be eligible, and note they are highly competitive.

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Biodiversity offsetting involves attempting to compensate for environmental damage at one location by generating ecologically equivalent gains at another location. Usually the stated goal is ‘no net loss’ of biodiversity. This policy approach is increasingly being used in an attempt to reduce conflict between development (e.g. for mining and urbanisation) and conservation. However, despite rapid worldwide growth in offsetting, biodiversity offset decisions are often ad-hoc, nonstrategic, and made within a policy framework whose long-term implications are poorly understood.  

The program of research on biodiversity offsetting in the Landscape Ecology and Conservation Group aims to better understand these long-term implications, and develop approaches that reduce the risk of poor outcomes for biodiversity from offset trading. Several potential PhD project opportunities exist working on both Australian and African case studies. Stipend: candidate must obtain an Australian Postgraduate Award (or equivalent) through The University of Queensland, but additional funding for operating costs is available. Prospective PhD candidates interested in the project should contact Martine Maron m.maron@uq.edu.au and send a CV and transcript of undergraduate results. Applicants will need to apply for and obtain an Australian Postgraduate Award or equivalent scholarship (information available at http://www.uq.edu.au/grad-school/scholarships-and-fees).