PhD Scholarships

Conservation planning in Antarctica (PhD Scholarship)

Position available in the Faculty of Science.

Project Background

This PhD project will develop new conservation planning theory and prioritisation methods that are specifically adapted to Antarctica’s unique biodiversity, threats, and governance. The project will identify priority areas for expansion of the protected areas network and deployment of other conservation actions/mechanisms across the Antarctic and in specific regional case study areas. Existing approaches to conservation and environmental planning will be adapted to account for the risks, dynamics, and uncertainty inherent in Antarctic systems and the diversity of values that are unique to the continent and sub-Antarctic islands.


You’ll receive a scholarship, tax exempt and indexed annually of $28,854 per annum for a period of 4 years.


To apply for this scholarship, you must:

  • meet the entry requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at QUT
  • have background in environmental science, conservation biology or related quantitative disciplines
  • an interest in studying complex environmental systems and identifying opportunities to improve protection
  • be able to commence the PhD course in 2022.

How to apply

Please email your application to Professor Kerrie Wilson at, and include:

  • a letter outlining your background, interest in, and fit with the PhD topic (1 page maximum)
  • your curriculum vitae.

Applications will be reviewed and those applicants who are deemed to be potentially suited to the position will be interviewed.


Professor Kerrie Wilson

Dr Justine Shaw

Dr Jasmine Lee


PhD Positions available

We are recruiting a new cohort of PhD students to commence in 2022/23. The students will work in close collaboration with 5 principal investigators and a dynamic team of other students
and researchers.

SAEF at QUT will apply quantitative and computational tools to solve Antarctic conservation challenges. PhD projects will be developed in collaboration with the students, on themes that include:

  • Antarctic conservation planning
  • Remote-sensing for biodiversity
  • Geopolitical modelling
  • Rapid-responses to climate shocks

PhD students will have funding to travel to international partner institutions, attend scientific conferences and meetings, and collaborate with polar researchers worldwide. Many projects offer opportunities to travel to the sub- Antarctic and Antarctic. Applicants should have experience in quantitative environmental science, and/or applied mathematics and statistics.


Professor Kerrie Wilson

Distinguished Professor Kerrie Mengersen

Professor Michael Bode

Dr Kate Helmstedt

Dr Matthew Adams

If you are interested, please contact one of the supervisors or email