Nov 2020: We are looking for 2 PhDs to study wildlife ecology in Australian rainforests and 2 PhDs to study wildlife ecology in tropical forests globally. These positions are funded. 


Please do contact Matthew if you are interested in doing a PhD with the ECL at UQ. We have funding for qualified domestic and international students. 


Rolling: funded PhDs in wildlife ecology and conservation


The University of Queensland, School of Biological Sciences


Twice Annual Application Deadlines


Information on funding at UQ SBS here 

We are searching for outstanding PhD candidates to conduct research focused on wildlife conservation and plant-animal interactions in tropical forests. The student’s research will utilize data collected from a large network of field sites in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Singapore, and China where mammals and trees have been systematically surveyed for multiple years. However, students with ambitious plans to work outside this region are also encouraged to apply, especially if they are interested in comparative projects between tropical regions. 

The student's primary supervisor will be Matthew Scott Luskin (UQ), who has recently joined the faculty of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Matthew is associated with the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science and other faculty in CBCS could serve as secondary supervisors


Interested candidates should email a brief description of their preparation for a PhD, their interests in studying tropical wildlife ecology, and their suitability for the position to [not exceeding 1 page]. Please include a CV that has the emails for 3 references.

Note the requirements for PhD in Australia: 

  • Applicants from English-speaking countries: 

    • Honours or MSc in relevant field

    • Alternatively, 3-5 years of experience working experience in ​relevant research 

    • Very strong preference is given to applicants with a peer-reviewed publication

  • Non-English speaking countries (including India):

    • MSc in relevant field

    • at least one peer-reviewed publication in English

    • minimum English language requirements (overall IELTS of 6.5 and 6.0 in all sub-bands or equivalent) [more info here]