PhD Opportunity: Mapping fire impacts in Tasmanian giant Eucalyptus forests

Mapping fire impacts in Tasmanian giant Eucalyptus forests using state-of-the-art remote sensing techniques

The Fire Centre is looking for a PhD student to study the impacts of the 2019 Tasmanian Bushfires on Tasmania’s iconic Tall Wet Eucalypt Forests.

The Research Project

Tasmania is world-renowned for tall Eucalyptus forests. In early 2019, vast areas of forest in southern Tasmanian were burnt by very large bushfires ignited by dry lightning storms. There is great uncertainty about the ecological and broader impacts of these fires on tall wet eucalypt forests.  To understand the impact of the fires on forest trees and carbon emissions we will use a combination of remote sensing and field survey to assess the impacts of these fires.

The study builds on permanent forest plots established at the Warra Long-Term Ecological Research site and a rare (and novel for eucalypt forest) combination of pre- and post-fire lidar surveys.  These studies are of critical importance in the development of cost-effective fire severity mapping in Eucalyptus forests, will help shape fire management policy in both Tasmania and Australia, and will contribute to global climate modeling by improving emissions estimates from eucalypt bushfires.

The research is strongly supported by a spectrum of Tasmanian Government agencies with a stake in managing Eucalyptus forests (Tasmania Fire Service, Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment and Sustainable Timber Tasmania).  The research is supported by a Bushfire and Natural Hazard Cooperative Research Centre Tactical Grant.

  • The project is open to Australian and New Zealand (domestic) candidates and to International candidates
  • Research must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a first-class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills
  • The student will need to be physically fit and mobile to undertake field work

Applicants from the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

  • Degree-level undergraduate education in ecology, environmental sciences or geography or a related subject with experience in geographic information systems.

See the following web page for entry requirements:

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

Closing Date

1st March 2020*

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor (, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

*unless filled earlier

More Information

Please contact, David Bowman for further information.


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