The Owl Pages Forum Forum Index The Owl Pages Forum
Discussion about Owls
 Recent PostsRecent Posts   FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 
Owl Research Scholarship available, closes Oct. 31st 2005

Post new topic   Reply to topic    The Owl Pages Forum Forum Index -> News and Announcements
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Site Admin

Joined: 13 Jan 2004
Posts: 438
Location: Australia

PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2005 11:41 am    Post subject: Owl Research Scholarship available, closes Oct. 31st 2005 Reply with quote

Please note that there is a scholarship available for a student to conduct owl research in Tasmania. The closing of applications is Oct 31, 2005.

The scholarship for the project is advertised on the CRC Web page:
It is for either a full ($24,383) or top-up ($5,000) scholarship to an APA. Unfortunately, applications are open for only a short while longer, closing on October 31, 2005. Applications to be made via the Web site.

Biodiversity: Characteristics, occurrence and management of habitat for large hollow nesters, particularly the threatened masked owl, Tyto novaehollandiae castanops.

This proposed study will investigate the characteristics, availability and management of hollows required by large hollow dependent fauna. It will add to an existing research program that aims to provide a basis for managing habitat for hollow dependent fauna in Tasmania’s forests.

Up to fifty vertebrate species in Tasmania are known to use tree hollows for nesting or shelter. Many of these species are endemic, five are listed under State or Commonwealth threatened species legislation and all are recognized as Priority species under the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement due to concerns that forestry activities will reduce hollow numbers and limit populations. Preliminary work suggests that there is a relative scarcity of larger hollows in Tasmania’s production forests. This would be expected to have a primary effect on large hollow dependent fauna, particularly the threatened Masked owl, through impact on breeding.

The key questions that will be addressed by this project are: What are the characteristics of hollows used by large hollow dependant fauna, particularly the threatened Masked owl? What is their extent and spatial distribution? What proportion of such hollows in Tasmanian forest types need to be retained to maintain populations of the Masked owl and other large hollow dependant species? Are current measures to conserve this component of the hollow resource into the future adequate?

Habitat descriptors and models predicting the occurrence of suitable hollows will be developed from the results of this study. The results will enable the development of conservation measures for large hollow dependent fauna, delivered via decision support tools and applied in areas subject to different forestry practices. The results of the project will also contribute to an assessment of the long-term consequences of various landscape management scenarios on the viability of populations of large hollow dependent fauna.

The student will be located at the School of Zoology, University of Tasmania and the Forest Practice Authority with support from the Threatened Species Unit of DPIWE. The project will require extensive fieldwork. Prospective students will have a background in zoology, ecology or natural resource management, with some ability in modeling. A proven interest in forest owls would be desirable.

Contact: Dr Sarah Munks (03) 62338710 - University of Tasmania
The Owl Pages
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    The Owl Pages Forum Forum Index -> News and Announcements All times are GMT + 10 Hours
Page 1 of 1

Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum

Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group