HDR Scholarship - Fisheries ecology of rock flathead

Applications now open. A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Fisheries ecology of rock flathead'.

Project Supervisor

Associate Supervisor


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Research topic

Rock flathead (Platycephalus laevigatus) supports an important commercial fishery in south-eastern Australia. However, the stock structure of rock flathead is largely unknown. This project will use an integrated approach involving the application of acoustic tracking and chemical tracers coupled with population genomics to address key questions around fisheries stock structure and processes influencing the dynamics of rock flathead fisheries.

Outputs from this program are expected to assist in the sustainable management of the rock flathead fishery and provide an improved understanding of processes shaping marine biodiversity in south-eastern Australia. The project will also involve engaging with government and fisheries industry stakeholders.

Project aim

This project will address three key questions around processes that influence the dynamics of rock flathead in Corner Inlet:

  1. Is the Corner Inlet rock flathead population a resident self-replenishing stock or not?
  2. If not, what is the broader population structure and connectivity of rock flathead in south-east Australia, and how does the Corner Inlet population relate to other populations?
  3. How do movement dynamics, both within Corner Inlet and between Corner Inlet and coastal waters influence population and fishery dynamics, and movement behaviour of rock flathead?

Answering these questions will greatly improve our understanding of population and fishery dynamics leading to more informed assessment and sustainable management of the rock flathead fishery in Corner Inlet.

Important dates

Applications will remain open until a candidate has been appointed.


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $28,092 per annum tax exempt (2020 rate)
  • Relocation allowance of $500-1500 (for single to family) for students moving from interstate

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be a domestic candidate (domestic includes candidates with Australian Citizenship, Australian Permanent Residency or New Zealand Citizenship)
  • meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements
  • be enrolling full time and hold an honours degree (first class) or an equivalent standard master's degree with a substantial research component

Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page for further information.

Additional desirable criteria include:

    We are seeking candidates with an interest and experience in fish biology and ecology. Experience in fish tagging, boating- and diving-based field work, and/or population genetics is desired, but not critical.

How to apply

To apply, please send your Expression of Interest form and CV to Dr Justin Rizzari at justin.rizzari@deakin.edu.au.


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Dr Justin Rizzari

Dr Justin Rizzari
Lecturer in Fisheries Science
Email Justin Rizzari
0450 551 087