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A complex systems approach to colony collapse in honeybees


Honeybee colonies around the world are under threat due to an array of interacting stressors some of which can cause colonies to collapse suddenly and with little warning. This project will combine cutting-edge sensor technologies with powerful analysis tools toward the goal of understanding how and why bee colonies collapse.

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Dr Tanya Latty.

Research location

School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Program type



This interdisciplinary project is suited to students with an interest in biology and/ or mathematical modelling. Students with a primary interest in biology/entomology/beekeeping will carry out experiments to determine how specific stressors impact colony performance. They will have the opportunity to use a variety of sensor technologies to collect data on colony health.

Students with a primary interest in modelling/mathematics will develop models that describe and make predictions about the impact of stress on honeybee colony dynamics, and (if desired) develop techniques to advertise large sensor-derived datasets.

Additional information

A complimentary scholarship for this project may be available through a competitive process. To find out more contact Dr Tanya Latty directly.

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. Examples of inherent requirements 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 2761

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