researchgrantsWe all know our actions have an impact on wildlife, but we don’t often understand all the details. Through its Student Research Grants Program, Wildlife Queensland, funded by its Endangered Species Trust, supports the research of university students designed to help fill the knowledge gaps around our ecosystems.

Eligible research projects are those which investigate methods of addressing or reversing the decline in native plant and animal species or their habitat, or other applied conservation outcomes in Queensland.

The program continues to attract excellent applications, the most successful of which are awarded funding for their research projects, listed below.

Conservation projects with a bright future – 2016

Adriana Uzqueda
James Cook University
Conservation of the spotted-tailed quoll across the Wet Tropics mountaintops.
Catherine Hayes
University of Queensland
Conservation ecology of Sharman’s rock-wallaby.
Huiying Wu
University of Queensland
The influence of leaf chemistry on the dietary choice and habitat quality of the koala in western Queensland.

Conservation projects with a bright future – 2015

Melinda Greenfield
James Cook University
The diversity and functional role of fungi in the Australian ant-plant (Myrmecodia beccarii)
Tegan Whitehead
James Cook University
Microhabitat use and movement patterns of the endangered northern bettong: influence of resource availability and predator density
Jessica Cappadonna
Queensland University of Technology
How to engage community members with nature through identifying vocalisations of threatened and elusive bird species

Conservation projects with a bright future – 2014

Laura Brannelly
James Cook University
Amphibian epidermal turnover rate and its influence on amphibian chytrid fungal infection
Avril Underwood
James Cook University
Population Genetics, distribution and density of the arboreal mammal community of the Wet Tropics
Eugene Mason
Queensland University of Technology
Distribution, Genetic Structure and Ecology of a new species of Carnivorous Marsupial, the Silver-Headed Antechinus (A. Argentus)
Melanie McGregor
Griffith University
Fauna passages as successful means to reconnect fragmented urban wildlife populations
Charlotte Hurry
Griffith University
Does isolation signal eradication? Genetic techniques to aid conservation of two endangered freshwater crayfish

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