Division of
Natural and Applied Sciences

PhD position in Australian vegetation modelling 

We have an exciting opportunity for a PhD candidate to work on a collaborative project between the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, and the vegetation modelling team at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (HIE). 

The project will bring new knowledge of Australian plant physiology and ecology into the numerical weather prediction (NWP) systems run by the Bureau of Meteorology. NWP systems include a land surface scheme which describes the feedbacks from the land surface to the atmosphere. The goal of the project is to modify the operational land surface scheme currently in use in Australia to represent the phenology and ecology of the major Australian plant functional types, leveraging extensive knowledge of vegetation dynamics developed at HIE. 

Benefits: 

  • Research with impact: the project will have a significant impact on how the land surface is modelled in Australia and consequently on the quality of weather predictions and projections 
  • Industry exposure: The student will work closely with researchers at the Bureau and contribute to the development of an operational weather service 
  • Funding: A $10,000 pa top-up scholarship is available 

Requirements: 

Closing date: 17th September 2023. For further details contact b.medlyn@westernsydney.edu.au