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Effect of physiological status on goat methane emissions

This project is closed.

Project summary

Research area
Agricultural, veterinary and food sciences

Project description

This project will examine the effect of different physiological states on the methane emissions from goats.

Assessment will be carried out across various life stages and subject to different stressors.

It will involve hands-on work with goats, measurement of emissions, and will include the sampling of numerous biological samples, bioinformatics, and statistical analysis.

Research environment

You'll work closely with an experienced research team that is based across the University (AGFS and QAAFI). You'll be based in the School of Agriculture and Food Sustainability, at the Gatton campus, within the Meale Lab. You'll also have access to the vast knowledge of the other HDR and postdoctoral researchers in the team, to support your research progress and success. Associate advisors will bring a wealth of knowledge to support your project.


This is an Earmarked scholarship project that aligns with a recently awarded Australian Government grant.

The scholarship includes:

  • living stipend of $33,641 per annum tax free (2024 rate), indexed annually
  • your tuition fees covered
  • single overseas student health cover (OSHC).

Learn more about the Earmarked scholarship.


You must contact the principal supervisor for this project to discuss your interest. You should only complete the online application after you have reached agreement on supervision.

Always make sure you are approaching your potential supervisor in a professional way. We have provided some guidelines for you on how to contact a supervisor.

Preferred educational background

Your application will be assessed on a competitive basis.

We take into account your

  • previous academic record
  • publication record
  • honours and awards
  • employment history.

A working knowledge of ruminant nutrition would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

You will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of biology or agriculture and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of methane mitigation is highly desirable.

How to apply

This project requires candidates to commence no later than Research Quarter 3, 2024. To allow time for your application to be processed, we recommend applying no later than 31 March, 2024 31 December, 2023.

You can start in an earlier research quarter. See application dates.

Before you apply

  1. Check your eligibility for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
  2. Prepare your documentation.
  3. Contact Dr Sarah Meale ( to discuss your interest and suitability.

When you apply

You apply for this scholarship when you submit an application for a PhD. You don’t need to submit a separate scholarship application.

In your application ensure that under the ‘Scholarships and collaborative study’ section you select:

  • My higher degree is not collaborative
  • I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship
  • UQ Earmarked Scholarship type.

Apply now