2017 PhD Project: Fish-passage hydrodynamics

New fully funded PhD project available in 2017 – see overview of projects and general details here.

Project Specifics:

The project is funded by MBIE and is part of a larger umbrella project on ‘Overcoming dispersal and recruitment constraints on native freshwater biodiversity’. This component of the project is to advance our understanding on the hydrodynamics of fish passage designs. The project is designed around innovative measurement of fish-passage hydrodynamics. Our Water-worked Environments Research Group (water.auckland.ac.nz) is renowned for advanced flow and sediment visualisation studies, and for this project we will advance our knowledge of turbulence and coherent flow structures in fish passes. Study outcomes will be communicated to the New Zealand Fish Passage Advisory Group. The project will involve detailed laboratory studies at the Newmarket Campus of the University of Auckland.

For this project, besides having an engineering-related background, candidates with PIV experience and passion for photography and pushing the technical boundaries of flow visualisation are especially encouraged to apply.

The project will be supervised by Dr Heide Friedrich (UoA), Prof John Montgomery (UoA), Dr Cindy Baker (NIWA) and Dr Paul Franklin (NIWA). The student will be expected to interact with other members of the wider team and contribute to programme workshops.

For more information, please email h.friedrich@auckland.ac.nz.

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