Student Research Opportunities 2022

20 Oct 2021

These Hidden Vale Project opportunities are suitable for students/researchers with a background in Ecology. Further supervisors (principal or co-supervisors) for several of these projects are also welcomed. Many projects are collaborations with other research labs at UQ, USQ, USC, ANU and UNE. Resources are available to support all projects.

Dates are anticipated availability and project details and teams are subject to change.

For further information contact Dr Megan Brady


Commensal dung beetle-rufous bettong relationships: implications for population health and ecosystem function.

Honours or PhD available from June 2022

Team members: Dr Megan Brady, Dr Alfonsina Arriaga-Jimenez (UNE), Dr Karl Vernes (UNE)  


Improving methods for capture and population estimates of rufous bettongs.

Honours available from June 2022

Team: Tom ScottDr Megan Brady, Dr Dalene Adam


Comparison of performance traits (speed, agility) of critical weight range mammal adults, juveniles and their predators: implications for predator-prey dynamics in landscapes of varying refuge.

Honours or PhD available from June 2022

Team: Dr Chris Clemente (USC), Prof Robbie Wilson, Dr Megan Brady


Use of ‘gateways’ to fenced ‘safe havens’ by critical weight range mammals.

Honours (or part PhD) available from June 2022

Team: Dr Megan Brady, Prof Adrian Manning (ANU), Prof Iain Gordon (JCU), Dr Julia Hoy


Spotted tail quoll (Dasyurus maculatus maculatus) ecology across modified landscapes

PhD available from June 2022

Team: AProf Diana FisherDr Megan Brady, Dr Scott Burnett


Continued development of the Mata Hari Judas Vixen for innovative fox management techniques.

Honours or PhD available from June 2022

Team: AProf Peter Murray (USQ), Dr Megan Brady, Dr Julia Hoy


Beyond the fence: development of wildlife ‘safe havens’ in connected landscapes.

PhDs available from June 2022

Team: Prof Adrian Manning (ANU), Dr Megan Brady, Prof Iain Gordon (JCU), Dr Julia Hoy


Rufous bettong habitat utilisation, home range and activity overlaps with predators (foxes, cats, dogs, quolls).

Honours or PhD available from June 2022

Team: Dr Megan Brady, Prof Robbie Wilson


Use of microchip-automated devices for wildlife conservation in connected landscapes.

PhD available from June 2022

Team: Dr Julia Hoy, AProf Peter Murray (USQ), Dr Megan Brady


Gut microbiome impacts on social interactions and predator avoidance in Eastern chestnut mice.

Honours or PhD available from June 2022

Team: TBA


Determination and restoration of landscape carrying capacity for threatened and declining species.

PhD available from June 2022

Team: TBA


Reproduction and aging of rufous bettong, as a model for threatened Potoroidae

PhD available from June 2022

Team: TBA

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