Behavioural Ecology Research Group

University of Queensland

Opportunities

Possible PhD project on giraffe social organization

A/Prof. Anne Goldizen, at the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, is looking for a PhD student to continue a long-term study of the social organization of giraffes in the Okaukuejo area of Etosha National Park in Namibia. This population was studied first by Dr. Rachel Brand of the University of Newcastle in the UK during 2004-05, then by Dr. Kerryn Carter (then PhD student of Anne’s at UQ) in 2009/10, and has now been studied in 2013 by Anne. Thus we have data on the association patterns of this population of 500+ giraffes from three time periods over the past 10 years, with individuals recognizable across this time period. We have published two papers on the social organization of this population in Animal Behaviouar (85:395-394 and 86:901-910, both in 2013). Candidates would have to have completed a prior research degree equivalent to an Australian honours degree (a full-time, 9 month research project) or a masters degree to be eligible for the UQ PhD program. Australian students would need to apply for an Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship and non-Australians would need to acquire a PhD scholarship from UQ or elsewhere. Research funds would also need to be sought, with Anne’s assistance. Interested potential students should also have a drivers licence and extensive travel experience or experience working/researching in developing countries.