Ecosystem dynamics with species reintroductions

This project is available now as a PhD. This research aims to investigate historical trophic webs and environmental conditions, combined with fieldwork on current species and conditions in order to predict potential changes to ecosystem dynamics with captive bred species releases. The potential for modelling under climate change scenarios also exists.

 

Project partners include: The University of Qld, Dr Megan Brady (The Gainsdale Group), Dr Craig Miller (CTM Consulting, formerly CSIRO)

PhD Scholarship top-up and operational funds may be available for the right candidate.

For further information contact Dr Megan Brady, megan.brady@gainsdale.com.au

 

 

Spotted-tailed quoll (Dasyurus maculatus maculatus) habitat, historical distribution and large-scale connectivity

This project is available now as either a PhD or an Honours project that could lead to a PhD. An Honours project would investigate habitat suitability and surveys for Spotted-tailed Quolls on Old Hidden Vale Nature Refuge and other properties in the Scenic Rim. A PhD would extend this research to investigate large-scale habitat connectivity and potential for reintroductions of the species.

 

Project partners include: Dr Sean Fitzgibbon (UQ), Dr Megan Brady (The Gainsdale Group)

PhD Scholarship top-up and operational funds may be available for the right candidate.

For further information contact Dr Megan Brady, megan.brady@gainsdale.com.au

 

 

Brushtailed Rock-wallaby metapopulation dynamics

This project is available now as a PhD investigating large-scale metapopulation dynamics and the potential for future reintroductions of this species. The project could include developing methods in collaboration with the Qld Herbarium to ground-truth and remotely map habitat characteristics and condition for connectivity on large-scales. The successful student would need to be capable of undertaking field work in rugged terrain.

 

Project partners include: The University of Qld, Dr Megan Brady (The Gainsdale Group), Dr Craig Miller (CTM Consulting, formerly CSIRO), Qld Trust for Nature.

PhD Scholarship top-up and operational funds may be available for the right candidate.

For further information contact Dr Megan Brady, megan.brady@gainsdale.com.au

 

 

Mahogany Glider requirements for reintroduction

This project is available as either a PhD or an Honours project that could lead to a PhD.

Honours projects could be either captive or field based, investigating methods of training for captive bred gliders that will increase success of reintroductions to the wild (eg. learning to glide and microchip automated technology), or investigating site suitability for future releases via combinations of on-ground habitat assessments, remote mapping, community engagement and trapping.

 

Project partners include: Dr Julia Hoy (UQ), Dr Megan Brady (The Gainsdale Group), Mark Parsons (QPWS), Steve Jackson (NSWDPI), Mahogany Glider Recovery Team

For further information contact Dr Megan Brady megan.brady@gainsdale.com.au, or Dr Julia Hoy j.hoy@uq.edu.au

 

 

Impact of historical disturbance on Biocondition values of remnant and regrowth vegetation

This project is available now as an Honours project.It will involve investigating condition of remnant Regional Ecosystems (Grassy Woodland and endangered Vine scrub) and restoration trajectories of regrowth vegetation. This project could evolve into a PhD (following successful completion of Honours) investigating biocondition of ecosystems under various management regimes including grazing, weed control or fire.

 

Project partners include: The University of Queensland, Dr Megan Brady (The Gainsdale Group), Dr Craig Miller (CTM Consulting, formerly CSIRO)

Field assistance is available for this Honours project and PhD Scholarship top-up and operational funds may be available following attainment of First Class Honours.

For further information contact Dr Megan Brady, megan.brady@gainsdale.com.au

 

 

Re-establishment of critically endangered Tea-tree (Melaleuca irbyana) community across soil gradients

This project is available to start in 2018 as an Honours project. It will involve investigating survival and reproductive success of critically endangered Melaleuca irbyana plantings across various soil gradients in order to determine other potentially suitable areas for its re-establishment.

 

Project partners include: The University of Qld, Dr Megan Brady (The Gainsdale Group), Tim Ryan (Qld Herbarium), CO2 Australia 20Million Trees Project

For further information contact Dr Megan Brady, megan.brady@gainsdale.com.au

 

 

Climate-proofing Hidden Vale Nature Refuge koala habitat

Comparisons of new koala habitat plantings of different size, age, configuration and composition, and remnant vegetation will be used to understand climate refuges and ecothermal physiology of the koala across Hidden Vale Nature Refuge. Information will also be used to help design future climate-proof koala habitat corridors in the Little Liverpool Range. 

Project partners include: Dr Megan Brady (The Gainsdale Group), CO2 Australia.

For further information contact Dr Megan Brady, megan.brady@gainsdale.com.au

 

 

Wildlife roadkill and road crossing structure efficacy

This project is available as an Honours project assessing roadkill along a stretch of road before and after erection of fencing and implementation of wildlife road crossing structures. Field methods will include trapping, cameras and habitat assessments.

 

Project partners include: The Univesity of Queensland, Dr Megan Brady (The Gainsdale Group), Prof. Darryl Jones (Griffith), Darren Grover (WWF)

For further information contact Dr Megan Brady, megan.brady@gainsdale.com.au

 

 

Experimental grazing manipulations across remnant and regrowth veg

This project is available for Honours and will setup a long-term monitoring program of the impacts of changes in density and duration of cattle and other herbivores on vegetation, fuel and habitat attributes across Old Hidden Vale Nature Refuge.

 

Project partners include: The University of Qld, Dr Megan Brady (The Gainsdale Group), Dr Craig Miller (CTM Consulting, formerly CSIRO)

Field assistance is available for this project.

For further information contact Dr Megan Brady, megan.brady@gainsdale.com.au

 

 

Experimental restoration of missing habitat elements via reintroduction of fire into Eucalypt woodlands

This project is available as a PhD project for a suitably qualified and experienced candidate.

 

Project partners include: The University of Qld, Dr Megan Brady (The Gainsdale Group)

PhD Scholarship top-up and operational funds may be available for the right candidate.

For further information contact Dr Megan Brady, megan.brady@gainsdale.com.au

 

 

Climate-proofing aquatic biodiversity

This project is available as a PhD and will involve eDNA analysis of biodiversity across aquatic systems within the Scenic Rim, modelling impacts of future climate change scenarios and investigating establishing linkages that could assist in climate-proofing this biodiversity.

 

Project partners include: The University of Qld, Dr Megan Brady (The Gainsdale Group), Dr Craig Miller (CTM Consulting, formerly CSIRO)

PhD Scholarship top-up and operational funds may be available for the right candidate.

For further information contact Dr Megan Brady, megan.brady@gainsdale.com.au