The Yam Paddock Project
La Trobe University is now advertising two PhD scholarships to carry out research on the role of cultural fire on traditional Aboriginal food production. The scholarships are offered by the Centre for the Study of the Inland and the Centre for Future Landscapes in partnership with the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and Central Victoria Biolinks Alliance.
Expressions of interest are required by 17 April, 2020, with a view to commencing in Semester 2, 2020. Aboriginal people are particularly encouraged to apply. Further details are below.
Historic mapping PhD:
- Aims to collate archival sources in a GIS database as a means of mapping historic cultural burning and food production activities.
- Contact Prof. Susan Lawrence, Centre for the Study of the Inland ([email protected])
Plant ecology PhD:
- Focussed on botanical survey, plant population ecology, glasshouse trials and monitoring of cultural burns at research sites on country to increase knowledge for the on-going protection and management of traditional yam-field grasslands.
- Contact Dr. Jim Radford, Centre for Future Landscapes ([email protected]).