Opportunity for Honours or Masters Student:
Evaluating the Success of Bandicoot Translocations to Cat Exclosures in Kakadu National Park
In late 2018 we will translocate the northern brown bandicoot (Isoodon macrourus) into two 64-ha experimental cat exclosures, and two unfenced areas nearby, within Kakadu National Park. The student project will evaluate the short-term success of the bandicoot translocations, using a range of techniques including radio-tracking and camera trapping.
The northern brown bandicoot was previously widespread and common across northern Australia, but has suffered severe declines across much of its former range. For example, in one of its last strongholds on the Tiwi Islands, north of Darwin, trap success has declined by 92% in the last 15 years. Fortunately, it remains abundant in many locations, making it an ideal study species for evaluating the success of mammal translocations into the experimental cat exclosures in Kakadu National Park.
All permits and animal ethics clearances will be obtained prior to the student starting.
The project comes with a $3,000 student stipend (i.e. for individual use, not project costs).
Required skills and experience: The student will need to be able to work independently, showing a high level of initiative. Ideally, they will have field experience, and have trapped and handled small mammals. They must have the capacity to plan and implement a logistically complex field programme in remote and physically challenging environments.
Project funding and supervision: The project is fully funded and will involve close collaboration between Charles Darwin University and Kakadu National Park. The student will be based in Darwin, within the Tropical Savanna Ecology lab, and supervised by Dr Brett Murphy and Dr Teigan Cremona.
Start date: The translocations will take place in the summer wet season of 2018/2019. Ideally, the student would be available to start in mid- to late-2018.
Closing date for applications: 30 June 2018.