PhD Scholarship - Farm-scale Natural Capital Accounting - soil biology
Work type:Fixed Term
La Trobe University Industry Research Scholarship
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Per annum, for three and a half years. Fee relief additional.
Who is it for?
Future PhD candidates
Where is it available?
How is it paid?
‘Natural capital’ conceptualises nature as a set of assets including stocks of renewable resources such as clean air, water, soil and living things. These natural capital assets produce ecosystem services that have value because they benefit society. Natural capital accounting is the process of measuring changes in these stocks and associated flows to ecosystem services with the goal of enabling farmers to record and manage the natural capital on their farms.
This project offers a full PhD scholarship to an outstanding candidate with a suitable background in soil science, ecology, environmental microbiology and/or agricultural science to examine the relationship between on-farm natural capital associated with soils, soil microbiology and soil-related ecosystem services such as water use, water storage and carbon sequestration. A deeper understanding of how soil biology generates and impacts natural capital will contribute to holistic and sustainable soil management practices in agricultural systems.
This Industry PhD Research Scholarship has been established by La Trobe University in partnership with Odonata Foundation and is part of a larger study of farm-scale natural capital accounting across 50 farms in NSW, Vic and Tas. The successful applicant will join a multidisciplinary team of researchers quantifying the importance of natural capital for agricultural production at the farm-scale across south-eastern Australia. The PhD candidate will be based at La Trobe University (Bundoora) and will spend time on farms in Victoria and NSW, and work closely with our industry partner, Odonata Foundation, in promoting sustainable farming and unlocking the value of nature for agriculture.
Benefits of the scholarship include:
- a La Trobe Research Scholarship for three and a half years, with a value of $28,597 per annum, to support your living costs (2021 rate)
- a fee-relief scholarship for up to four years
- relocation allowance and publication/thesis allowance
- operating funds included (as part of larger project)
- opportunities to work with La Trobe’s outstanding researchers, and have access to our suite of professional development programs
- opportunities to work as part of a larger project with exposure to network of professional organisations in the field of sustainable agriculture
For information on this scholarship and eligibility please refer to La Trobe University Industry Research Scholarship Farm-scale Natural Capital Accounting – soil biology, Scholarships, La Trobe University and follow the instructions on how to apply.