We’re always on the look out for interested students to come and join the lab. If the research on this site sounds interesting, then feel free to contact Paul to discuss potential options. The lab is particularly interested in students that are interested in working on projects tied to our current research projects. Any available scholarships or positions will be advertised here as well. In the meantime see below for some useful information to help get you started as to eligibility and current closing rounds of usual funding bodies.




PhD Stipend and Top-up Scholarship currently available

An exciting opportunity exists for a PhD student to join the lab and work closely with the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust to develop and explore ways of passively monitoring biodiversity with acoustic indices. This project will combine fieldwork with lab-based sound analyses in a range of woodland habitats throughout the Northern Tablelands.


The successful candidate will have access to an RTP scholarship from UNE, as well as an additional $10,000 p.a. top-up component to their stipend for three years. Both UNE and BCT staff will co-supervise the student project, allowing plenty of opportunity to build links with a range of stakeholders in this area. Interested students should contact Paul to discuss this opportunity, which will remain open until filled. Position is available to domestic students only.


Contact Paul via email here





More information for potential students

Potential Australian and International Masters/PhD Students should start by checking their eligibility and the types of Scholarships available, as well as their respective closing dates here.


Undergraduate students looking to study Zoology at UNE should start here.


The lab regularly hosts students completing small research projects as part of their studies, and students keen to get some hands on experience should view subjects such as SCI395, ERS395 and WORK300 pages in the UNE handbook.


Why should you consider studying at UNE?

Armidale is a beautiful city, with very distinct seasons. While it can be cold overnight in winter, the trade-off is glorious sunny days with little wind and clear skies. We are fortunate to be located within a couple of hours drive of nearly every habitat in southeast Australia, from desert regions to rainforests and the coastline. Armidale is also surrounded by many National Parks and reserves, so finding a close field site is easy!


Zoology is fortunate to be housed in a newly designed building opened in 2016, so students have access to labs, wet areas, specialist climate control rooms and two sound booths for acoustic playbacks. UNE generously supports both Honours and PhD students with financial aid for their projects. Existing resources are also available, including three high end computers for memory hungry processing.


Finally, on-campus is a great place to see koalas, what more could you want!

For more information, contact Prof. Paul McDonald