join the GLOW team

PhD opportunities available now


The ideal student will be motivated to conduct research in one or more of the fields of: biodiversity conservation, field ecology, ecological modelling, biogeography or wetlands ecology. Interested candidates should read the project descriptions below and contact the relevant staff member in the first instance.

Further details on Griffith University’s application process can be found here. Please also read the guidelines below before contacting GLOW staff.

The email addresses for the staff below can be found here.


  • Global shifts in grazer functions under multiple stressors

    This experimental study will aim to sample marine grazers from multiple locations internationally to understand functional responses of grazers to multiple stressors. Contact: Dr Ryan Pearson.

  • Finding function among structure: developing and validating indicators of ecosystem health in coastal wetlands

    Most environmental assessments are static, structural descriptions of ecosystem components. Although important, functional processes are also critical in shaping ecosystems, yet we don’t often work this understanding into environmental assessments. This project will aim to assess the relationships between structural and functional responses within coastal wetlands to guide monitoring and management. Contact: Dr Michael Sievers.

  • Validating multi-stressor null models on coastal seagrass habitats

    Marine systems are under increasing threat from a number of human activities. This project will aim to use a combination of field and experimental studies to quantify the types of interactions found between a range of stressors impacting seagrass habitats. These findings can help improve and inform management practices for conservation. Contact: Dr Mischa Turschwell.

  • Automation of environmental monitoring

    Environmental monitoring is on the brink of a step change in effectiveness. Building on GLOW’s automated fish identification system, the student will use ecological and statistical frameworks to determine how best to automate the gathering, quality assurance, and analysis, of environmental data. Contact: Professor Rod Connolly.

  • Mapping the world’s mangrove ecosystem services

    Mangroves are one of the most valuable ecosystems on Earth, providing us with a range of services including carbon sequestration, coastal protection, fisheries, and water quality improvement. The ultimate goal of the project is to develop a global map of ecosystem services of mangrove which could aid in the better management, conservation, and restoration of these valuable ecosystems. Contact: Dr Fernanda Adame or Dr Chris Brown.


Australian students

Australian citizens and permanent residents should have been awarded a 1st Class Honours degree or equivalent (e.g. Masters by research) in a relevant field. Ideally, they will also have published a lead authored paper in an internationally recognized peer-reviewed journal.

International students

International applicants must have been awarded a 1st Class Honours degree or equivalent (e.g. Masters by research) in a relevant field. They must be lead author on at least one publication in an internationally recognized peer-reviewed journal. To be considered, journals should be internationally recognized, for instance they should have an Impact Factor rating from ISI.