Wildlife Queensland Research Grants Program

researchgrantsWe all know that our actions have an effect on wildlife, but we often don’t know enough about the important details. Through its grants program Wildlife Queensland, funded by its Endangered Species Trust, is supporting research by university students so we can better understand key interactions in our ecosystems.

In previous years, the program attracted many excellent applications and the successful applicants, who each received $1000 towards their research project, are listed below.

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.

Conservation projects with a bright future – 2013

Anita Cosgrove
University of Queensland
Does habitat fragmentation impact sedentary birds through reduced resource availability?
April Boaden
James Cook University
The impacts of fishing on coral reef fish assemblages on the Great Barrier Reef.
Bonnie Holmes
University of Queensland
Population structure, habitat utilisation and biology of tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier) in Queensland.
Peter Brown
Central Queensland University
The botany and ecology of Alectryon ramiflorus,
Tamara Taylor
Griffith University
The effect of invasive pathogen Puccinia psidii on endangered species Gossia gonoclada in south-east Queensland.

Conservation projects with a bright future – 2012

David Benfer
Queensland University of Technology
Conservation genetics of the threatened water mouse.
Ruth Kamrowski
James Cook University
PhD candidate
Coastal light pollution: towards a solution for sea turtle hatchlings.
Juliana Rechetelo
James Cook University
PhD candidate
Ecology and conservation of black-throated finch (Poephila cincta cincta) and co-occuring granivorous birds in north-eastern Australia.
Krista Verlis
Central Queensland University
PhD candidate
The effects of marine debris on seabirds of the southern Great Barrier Reef.
Daniel Zeh
James Cook University
PhD candidate
The potential of using data-logging acoustic receivers to study the movements and residency patterns of dugongs in port environments, a comparison with satellite tracking.

Conservation projects with a bright future – 2011

Tim Holmes
University of Queensland, PhD candidate
The impact of the institutional framework on the management of Australia’s threatened birds.
Julian O’Mara
University of Queensland, Honours project
Where will the fish live? How will sea level rise affect coastal wetlands and fish habitat.
Jennifer Silcock
University of Queensland, PhD candidate
Assessing rarity and threat in an arid zone flora.
Amy Trenouth
Central Queensland University, PhD candidate
Natural versus anthropogenic risks: using risk perception to develop a robust risk assessment for marine and coastal protected Aaeas.
Gary Wilson
James Cook University, PhD candidate
The ecology, systematics and biogeography of the Austro-Papuan Nepenthes pitcher plants.

Conservation projects with a bright future – 2010

Melissa Bruton
University of Queensland PhD candidate
Relationships between reptiles and patch quality in the Brigalow Belt: with a focus on the woma python (Aspidites ramsayi).
Bluey Donaldson
University of Queensland PhD candidate
Effect of vegetation change and management on the ecology and health of the endangered bridled nailtail wallaby (Onychogalea fraenata).
Erica Todd
James Cook University PhD candidate
Assessing long-term impacts of river damming on ecologically diverse Australian freshwater turtles.
Katrin Lowe
Griffith University PhD candidate
Frog ecology in coastal wetlands of eastern Australia: assessing the risk of climate change to the vulnerable wallum sedge frog (Litoria olongburensis).
Gabriel Conroy
University of the Sunshine Coast PhD candidate
The effects of fire and fragmentation on Blandfordia grandiflora (Christmas Bells) and Acacia baueri (Tiny Wattle)