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Optimising ecosystem services for fishes from restored oyster reefs


Oyster reefs have declined precipitously over the past 100 years. This project is looking at restoration options which provide the maximum ecosystem services in a cost effective manner. It has particular focus on the role of fishes in these services.


Associate Professor William Figueira, Dr Ana Bugnot.

Research location

School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Program type



The student involved in this project will be looking at how the structure and landscape setting of rock oyster reefs around NSW affects the fish assemblages as well as the growth, mortality and health of key associated species. The project will involve shore and boat based fieldwork as well as desk work to analyse video and lab work to age fish from otoliths and assess their condition from morphology and lipid content. There may also be opportunity to incorporate 3D mapping and modelling of oyster reefs.

Additional information

Participants in this project will need to possess a valid license to drive in NSW and be comfortable working in difficult field conditions. Possession of a boating license and/or boating experience is beneficial. 

HDR Inherent Requirements  

In addition to the academic requirements set out in the Science Postgraduate Handbook, you may be required to satisfy a number of inherent requirements to complete this degree. Example of inherent requirement may include:   

  • Confidential disclosure and registration of a disability that may hinder your performance in your degree;
  • Confidential disclosure of a pre-existing or current medical condition that may hinder your performance in your degree (e.g. heart disease, pace-maker, significant immune suppression, diabetes, vertigo, etc.);
  • Ability to perform independently and/or with minimal supervision;  
  • Ability to undertake certain physical tasks (e.g. heavy lifting);  
  • Ability to undertake observatory, sensory and communication tasks;  
  • Ability to spend time at remote sites (e.g. One Tree Island, Narrabri and Camden);  
  • Ability to work in confined spaces or at heights;  
  • Ability to operate heavy machinery (e.g. farming equipment);  
  • Hold or acquire an Australian driver’s licence;  
  • Hold a current scuba diving license;  
  • Hold a current Working with Children Check;  
  • Meet initial and ongoing immunisation requirements (e.g. Q-Fever, Vaccinia virus, Hepatitis, etc.)   

You must consult with your nominated supervisor regarding any identified inherent requirements before completing your application.

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Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 2706

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