PhD Stipends in Marine Bioacoustics at CMST – Curtin Mauritius

The Centre for Marine Science and Technology at Curtin University has 4 PhD stipends on offer in marine bioacoustics. The  stipends are part of a 4-year research project entitled “The Quieter Western Indian Ocean” (QWIO), funded by the Fonds Français pour l’Environnement Mondial (FFEM).

The 4 PhD theses will comprise the following:
  • Underwater ship noise (measurement, modelling, mapping, management, minimisation, mitigation)
  • Marine soundscapes (characterisation, quantification, sources, sound budgets, geographic and temporal variability, trends, modelling, prediction)
  • Large whale bioacoustics (species diversity, vocal behaviour of humpback whales, blue whales, and/or sperm whales, passive acoustic monitoring, sound production, song structure, song variability, dialects, spatial and temporal distribution, migration, relative abundance, acoustic ecology, risk of ship strike, effects of noise).
Students should preferably be citizens of the Nairobi Convention signatory states: Comoros,  France, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, Tanzania, or South Africa. However, applicants from the broader Indian Ocean will be considered.
Qualified applicants should email their expression of interest, including CV, summary of research skills and experience, reason for the interest in this project, and choice (focus) of project (e.g., ship noise, soundscape, whale ecology) to Christine Erbe: i…  copied to Simon Mahood ( and  ( Subject: QWIO Stipend.  Applications close on 31 January 2023. Theses would ideally commence by April 2023.
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