Applications now open. A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic ‘Conservtion genomics of the short-finned eel (Anguilla australis): a focus on the ancient fishery within the UNESCO Budj bim cultural landscape’.
The short-finned eel (Anguilla australis) is native to the lakes, and coastal rivers of south-eastern Australia and New Zealand. The species carries significant cultural importance, having been harvested by indigenous people across much of its historical distribution. Most notably, in south-western Victoria where the species is known as ‘kuuyang’, it is a powerful cultural symbol of the local Gunditj people, and has formed the basis of an aquaculture industry dating back almost 7000 years. In fact, Lake Condah is globally recognised as the birthplace of modern aquaculture, where indigenous people of the region engineered the landscape to farm and trade eels for millennia. This has been formally recognised through the recent UNESCO World Heritage listing for the Budj Bim cultural landscape.
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