We are a vibrant lab with a focus on applying the latest computational methods to understanding species demography (especially size-structured dynamics), species distributions, and ecosystem structure and dynamics (especially biomass and carbon) from a process-based perspective. Potential areas of study include

  • Understanding the distribution of Eucalypts in relation to traits,
  • Understanding what drives Eucalypts to grow really tall,
  • Size-structured population dynamics, including in vegetation and other systems; in particular understanding how competition for resources shapes species traits,
  • Estimating and modelling the potential for carbon sequestration in vegetation, particularly under future climates.

Below are details on opportunities for open positions, potentials for PhD or Msc and honours projects. Past opportunities are listed here.

Open positions

There are no positions currently open. In the near future we will be seeking people to work on extending AusTraits. Stay tuned for further information.

##PhD and MSc students {#HDR}

I am interested in supervising students seeking to apply quantitative methods to answer fundamental and applied questions in ecology. If you are interested in joining the lab, please send a brief statement of research interests, along with a CV, to Daniel.

Australian & NZ students must be competitive for an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship. Successful applicants generally have an Honours I mark or existing publications.

UNSW can also accept international students, but competition for scholarships is intense. Successful students generally have an applicants generally have a combination of excellent grades, existing publications, and come from a leading international university.

Honours students

I am interested in supervising students seeking to strengthen their quantitative skills, in particular those who have studied some math (even just high school) and seek opportunities to apply this to biological questions. If you are interested in joining the lab, please send a brief statement of research interests, along with a CV, to Daniel.

Why join the lab

You will do cutting edge research on fascinating and fundamental biological problems, while also refining your skills in data analysis, coding, writing & presentation. You'll also make great contacts and get inspired by the vibrant community within the Evolution and Ecology research Centre and UNSW School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences.

Past members say that working in the Falster lab both challenged and inspired them.