I’m super excited about my recent success in the Rutherford Discovery Fellowship scheme. The grant is worth $800K over five years and will allow me to concentrate on my research for that period of time. I will be working on a field-based drought experiment in native NZ forest. I will use throughfall exclusion (similar to this) to create artificially droughted plots and will then explore aspects of the physiology and ecology of the plants and associated biota. The funding includes two PhD scholarships. These will be open to domestic and international students. If you are interested, please get in touch (via my University of Auckland email address).
Interested students should be specific about their expertise and interest in drought research. Skills in plant ecophysiology, modelling, soil science, forest ecology, fluxes of carbon and water and forestry are particularly desirable. At this stage, I’m hoping one of the students can start in early 2016 with another starting later in 2016 or early 2017. I will post more information as it becomes available.