Summer cadetship program

The MDFRC is proud to support La Trobe University students through our cadetship program. Each summer several students from La Trobe University spend 8-10 weeks working with research staff from the MDFRC during the summer holiday period (November to February).The cadetship is available to La Trobe University undergraduate students who are about to complete their second year and are interested in pursuing a career in aquatic ecology.

Since 2006, the MDFRC has supported 35 La Trobe University students from Bundoora and Wodonga campuses. Twelve of these students have progressed to complete Honours degrees with an MDFRC staff supervisor, three of these students have progressed to undertake PhD studies with an MDFRC staff supervisor and nineteen of these students have gained some form of employment with the MDFRC.

Opportunities for a summer cadetship are based at both laboratories and campuses, Mildura and Wodonga. Call for applications will be advertised mid-September of each year

Recent cadetships

The Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre and the Research Centre for Applied Alpine Ecology proudly welcomes the following La Trobe University students to the 2017-2018 Summer Cadetship Program. These students will undertake a research project under the guidance of the scientific research staff from both Research Centres during November 2017 to February 2018.

Read about their exciting projects that they are undertaking by viewing Summer Cadet Program 2017 - 18 Flyer [PDF 283KB]

Will Beck

Will Beck

Health of a floodplain Internship

Location Mildura, Victoria

Monitoring ecological responses in floodplain ecosystems is an important aspect of understanding responses to disturbance regimes such as flooding and drying. This practical, internship style cadetship will provide hand-on experience of monitoring and research projects in the lower Murray Darling region

Bianca Berto

Bianca Berto

Biodiversity in Rare and Threatened Alpine Plant Communities on the Bogong High Plains and Threats from Invasive Deer

Location Falls Creek , Victoria


The rise of Sambar Deer in the Australian Alps over the last decade has been remarkable. The potential for negative impacts on species, communities and ecological function is poorly documented and hence, there is some urgency to develop management approaches to reduce/minimise their impacts. This project examines current impacts of deer on threatened alpine plant communities (such as snowpatches), with a focus on EPBC-listed plant species.

Alex Blackburn-Smith

Alex Blackburn-Smith

Biodiversity in Rare and Threatened Alpine Plant Communities on the Bogong High Plains and Threats from Invasive Deer

Location Falls Creek , Victoria


The rise of Sambar Deer in the Australian Alps over the last decade has been remarkable. The potential for negative impacts on species, communities and ecological function is poorly documented and hence, there is some urgency to develop management approaches to reduce/minimise their impacts. This project examines current impacts of deer on threatened alpine plant communities (such as snowpatches), with a focus on EPBC-listed plant species.

Matthew Brewer

Matthew Brewer

Exploration of symbiotic interactions between River Redgums and mycorrhizal fungi on

Location Wodonga, Victoria

This project will use a combination of field assessments, soil chemistry, through to next generation DNA sequencing techniques to disentangle a subset of these questions. Field experiments will likely be conducted within the Barmah National Park

For further information contact:

Rosie Busuttil (MDFRC Wodonga)
P:
02 6024 9690 E: r.busuttil@latrobe.edu.au

For additional information on potential research projects see the Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre information page.

In this clip, produced by the La Trobe University Media Department, we hear from students who have spent a summer working at the MDFRC through the La Trobe University industry cadetship prgram. We also hear some comments from MDFRC representatitves about the value of the program to the students involved and to MDFRC.