Two PhD scholarships available with stipend and tuition waiver in our group, in the broad area of ecosystem dynamics.

Our group is based in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering within the School of Engineering at the University of Western Australia. We study ecosystem dynamics, especially plant growth, using remote sensing and ground observations. Our specialties include vegetation parameter retrieval; vegetation dynamics; vegetation phenology and shifting seasonality with climate variability; land surface responses and its interactions with climate; and land use activities and major disturbance events.

Phenology is the study of seasons, both on the farm and in nature. My main research interest is using satellite data to map the natural and agricultural growing seasons of Australia and monitor their shift as a result of climate change. I also use airborne remote sensing data and field measurements to observe land surface responses and interactions with climate, land use activities, and major disturbance events.

If you are interested in joining The X Lab as a PhD student, please send Qiaoyun Xie ( a brief email and include your CV, motivation for pursuing a PhD degree, and research interests in your email. The interview process will be a video chat with Qiaoyun, followed by video chats with other group members and academics at UWA upon invitation. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to work with excellent academics both within UWA and across the world.


In addition, there are plenty of schemes one could apply for a PhD scholarship at UWA:

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