PhD scholarship available

PhD Scholarship Available: Modelling Optimal Plant Behaviour, or Do Plants Hedge Their Bets?

We currently have a PhD scholarship available for a bright, mathematically oriented student to work on an ARC Discovery Project. The project aims to resolve one of the most long-standing questions about the functioning of plants: how much of the carbon that they take up in photosynthesis do they use immediately for growth, and how much do they keep in reserve as insurance for the future? The answer to this question is urgently needed to understand how plants respond to environmental change, and how vulnerable they are to stresses such as drought.

The student will benefit from the superlative research environment here at HIE and will also work with our outstanding collaborators, Roderick Dewar at ANU and Mat Williams at Edinburgh University (UK). The scholarship is open to international candidates. The project involves optimisation techniques such as calculus of variations so the student must have a good maths background. I strongly encourage women with this background to apply.

More information here or please email me: b.medlyn – at –

Closing date: 5 February 2017

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