Experimental Ecology of Marine Organisms


We supervise projects in experimental marine ecology; we would like to support you to develop your own research interests in marine ecology.


Professor Ross Coleman, Associate Professor William Figueira

Research Location

School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Program Type



The philosophy of the Centre for Research on Ecological Impacts of Coastal Cities (EICC) is to support the student in developing his/her own project.  As long as the supervisory team are intellectually capable of providing appropriate guidance, we will work with you on it!  This project may well align closely with our interests (see our web pages on the School web site http://sydney.edu.au/science/biology/) or be something we have not yet worked on.  Your project should fit into one of three themes (i) ecological patterns and processes in shallow water/intertidal habitats, (ii) ecological patterns and processes in urban systems and (iii) detecting human impacts and how systems may recover from these.

Additional Information

You should have a First Class Honours (or equivalent) or a Masters degree and preferably have either published work and/or given talks at international conferences.   The EICC has 2 boats, 3 vehciles, diving support and a well equipped set of ecological laboratories.  In addition to Scholarships offered by the University, the EICC subsidises students’ research by making sure all resources needed are available, this includes conference support and a funded opportunity to spend up to 6 months working at a prestigious international laboratory relevant to your project.

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.

Want to find out more?

Contact us to find out what’s involved in applying for a PhD. Domestic students and International students

Contact Research Expert to find out more about participating in this opportunity.

Browse for other opportunities within the School of Life and Environmental Sciences .


behaviour, fish, mollusc, pollution, predator, habitat, population, contamination, recruitment, acidification, human impacts, urbanization, restoration, ecology, Climate Change

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 760

Other opportunities with Professor Ross Coleman

Other opportunities with Associate Professor William Figueira