Student project and volunteer opportunities
Masters and Honours: Research Projects
Fire & Fragmentation Project: several projects available
Start dates are flexible, so please contact Julian any time if you are interested.
A key knowledge gap is how the characteristics of fragmented landscapes (e.g. patch size and isolation) interact with the characteristics of fire regimes (e.g. fire size, patchiness and spatial distribution) to influence animal conservation. The broad objective of this project is to determine how both fragmentation and aspects of the fire regime influence the occurrence and movement potential of reptiles, mammals, birds and invertebrates.
We have project opportunities focused on each animal group. Data will be collected from sites previously established in western Victoria and eastern South Australia as part of the larger project.
If you are interested in pursuing Masters or Graduate-Diploma level coursework subjects in fire-related disciplines, more information is available here.
Our fieldwork is currently suspended due to COVID-19.
Most of our research involves fieldwork and a range of volunteer opportunities are available, particularly during spring and autumn. Currently we are working in the Otway Ranges, the Central Highlands and the heathy woodlands of SW Victoria and SE South Australia. Over the next 6 months need help for:
Experience isn't essential but we prefer week-long commitments, and reasonable fitness is required for walking to sites over steep, rough terrain. Tolerance for early starts, leeches, March flies, ticks and mosquitoes (not normally all at once!) is an advantage. We have well-stocked first aid kits and are first aid trained.
We provide food and accommodation. If you are interested in helping out, please fill out the form below.