Both projects address how we can best search for rare targets in ecological surveys. They’ll involve experimental design, data collection in the remote and ruggedly beautiful Alpine National Park, statistical modelling and conservation decision-making.
Jos’ and my project also rolls in concepts of novel search methods and how we can best integrate them into existing programs. It’s an opportunity to learn from the state government agencies managing a hawkweed eradication program as they investigate the combination of human search teams, trained dogs and unmanned aerial vehicles that will best detect every last hawkweed.
Jos and I have collaborated with hawkweed managers for many years. You can read more on this blog about research we’ve published, fieldwork we’ve done, coverage in other media, and three awards we’ve won.
For more details on the PhD projects and how to apply, visit Joslin Moore’s website. Applications close 17 August 2016.