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The Deakin Marine Mapping Lab is  looking for driven  students and researchers to join our team. So if you have a research idea  feel free to send your research interests accompanied by your resume, transcripts, and any other documents that could support your application. For more details contact Daniel at iero@deakin.edu.au

Summary of current opportunities below.

Postdoctoral Opportunities

3yr Postdoc position with Deakin University and IXBlue in Marine Habitat Mapping


We are advertising a 3yr research appointment aS part of a collaborative venture between Deakin University and IXBlue. The Industry Postdoctoral Research Fellow will initiate and conduct research in the area of Marine Habitat Mapping in Australia and further abroad. The positions primary location will be Deakin’s Warrnambool campus. Periodic visits to the iXblue office in Brisbane and Deakin’s Waurn Ponds campus in Geelong will be required. The fellow will work collaboratively between iXblue Pty Ltd (Australia) and Deakin to expand both groups’ output scientifically with an aim to increase geophysical technology usage and applications, specifically with regards to seabed mapping. You can find the live link here https://jobs.deakin.edu.au . Search Industry Postdoctoral Research Fellow. 


Applications close 18th September 2018. For more information please contact Daniel Ierodiaconou on iero@deakin.edu.au

PhD Projects

Contact us for opportunities!


Honours Projects

Project: Marine Habitat Mapping

The research undertaken by the Deakin marine mapping group focuses primarily on understanding the relationships between abiotic and biotic processes in the marine environment, and their impact on the patterns of distribution and abundance of sessile and mobile marine organisms. To undertake this research, the group has the latest advances in marine exploration tools at their disposal, including; remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), high definition baited stereo cameras (stereo BRUVs), underwater positioning (USBL), multibeam sonar, and a dedicated 9 metre research platform for open coast scientific research. These tools, together with rapid advances in marine remote sensing data, are enabling the group to close this knowledge gap and provide an opportunity to gain an understanding of the mechanisms by which spatial patterns influence key ecological processes. We are happy to discuss the supervision of students who are interested in the following research areas:


• quantitative spatial ecology (including fish-habitat associations)

• physical surrogacy

• seafloor habitat mapping

• seascape connectivity

• ecosystem based fisheries assessment

• remote sensing (including change detection and classification methods)

• marine national park assessment

Start date: February or July


Project: Coastal Ecology Drones

Aerial imagery is ideal for the assessment of coastal landscape change. Using traditional satellite sensors and manned aerial systems, however, can be challenging due to issues related to cloud cover, mobilization expenses and resolution. Rapid advances in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology now allows for costeffective collection of aerial imagery and topography at centimetre resolution suitable for assessing change in coastal ecosystems. We are happy to discuss the supervision of students who are interested in the utility of UAV-based photogrammetry and digital surface models in the following research areas:

• storm-driven sediment dynamics on sandy beaches

• coastal habitat dynamics (rocky shores, kelp, seagrass, mangroves and saltmarsh)

• animal census

• predator/ prey interactions

• coastal geomorphology

Start date: February or July

For more information please contact Daniel Ierodiaconou at iero@deakin.edu.au