Richard Reina’s Ecophysiology and Conservation Research Group

What we do:

Our research revolves around studying animal responses to challenges from their environments and from human activity to understand how they deal with these different stressors. Most of the work is on marine animals including sharks, rays, penguins and turtles, but we have also studied frogs, crocodiles, lizards and small marsupials. The purpose of this research is to apply our improved knowledge to the conservation and management of affected species and ecosystems.

Our research group is based at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia but we undertake the work in many different places.

These are some of our current projects:

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Prospective students

I am always interested in hearing from potential research students and postdocs. There are opportunities at Monash University to conduct research through either Honours, Masters or PhD programs. To express interest in working with us please send me an email. Provide your full CV, statement of research interest, a copy of your academic transcript and your English language test scores if your language of course instruction was not English. In your statement of research interest, you will need to explain what projects you are interested in and why, how your background makes you suitable to undertake the project and what you know about the topic. Please don’t contact me without providing all of the requested information.

PhD project opportunity in fisheries conservation.

As part of a research program led by Associate Professor Richard Reina on the impacts of fisheries on shark and ray species, there is a PhD position available for an outstanding student. This research centres on a project funded by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation titled ‘Improving Outcomes of Fisher Interactions with Sharks, Rays, and Chimaeras.’ The work primarily focuses on understanding the impacts of recreational fishing on native species and developing and implementing methods to cause behavioural change of fishers in their interactions with captured sharks, rays and chimaeras in the State of Victoria.

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PhD project opportunity in penguin ecology and conservation

This PhD project is part of a research program on the foraging ecology of little penguins at St Kilda led by Associate Professor Richard Reina of Monash University and Associate Professor (adjunct) Andre Chiaradia from the Phillip Island Nature Parks. The project focuses on understanding how penguins are responding to changes in their environment and provides a unique opportunity to work with a charismatic species living in Port Phillip Bay.

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PhD projects on amphibian ecophysiology and life-history

We are currently seeking expressions of interest from outstanding international and domestic students to undertake PhD projects on amphibian ecophysiology and life-history.The project will focus on the impacts of environmental stressors on the physiology, life-history, and geographic distributions of Australian frogs (e.g., life-history trade-offs in response to environmental stressors, how developmental trajectories influence fitness). Students will have access to outdoor mesocosms, high-throughput phenotyping equipment (e.g., for measuring metabolic rate, size, thermal biology), and temperature-controlled facilities.

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