Dr David Booth

  • Investigations of the influence of temperature on the energetics of development in ectotherms. Experimental animals can include bird eggs, reptile eggs, frog larvae, fish, insects and other invertebrates
  • Any projects relating to thermal biology of animals including ectotherms & endotherms, vertebrates and invertebrates
  • Any projects examining the process of respiratory gas exchange (i.e. exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide), or the effects of changing concentrations of these gases on animals

Dr Lyn Cook

  • Species discovery and description
  • Do habitat shifts drive plant diversity?
  • DNA barcodes for endangered cycads

Dr Jan Engelstädter

  • Wolbachia endosymbiont infections in insects and spiders
  • Models of host-parasite coevolution

A/Prof Rod Fensham

  • Fire ecology in south-east Queensland forest
  • The ecology of rare plant species
  • Which tree species are driving structural change in eucalypt woodlands
  • Conservation planning through systematic survey of threatened ecosystems

Prof Craig Franklin

  • Designing fish-friendly culverts: Integration of fish swimming performance with hydrodynamics
  • Environmental drivers of immune function in frogs
  • Thermal physiology of fish and assessing the impacts of cold water pollution

A/Prof Bryan Fry

  • Evolution of venom systems from across the animal kingdom, ranging from Arctic & Antarctic octopuses to the Komodo dragon to Vampire bats

Dr Berndt Janse van Rensburg

  • Use invertebrates to compliment bio-condition assessment of mine vegetation rehabilitation.
  • Threatened Kroombit tinker frog
  • How does the configuration of remnant vegetation within pine plantations influence bird community composition?
  • Fire impacts on Glossy Black Cockatoo feeding habitat on Kangaroo Island, South Australia

 Dr Salit Kark

  • Radiotracking invasive birds and studying roost sites to examine their spatial distribution and processes shaping invasion
  • Prioritization of action for confronting invasive alien mammals and birds in Australia
  • The role of interactions between invasive alien species in shaping introduction success
  • Urban biodiversity and ecology of urban birds
  • Island conservation, introduced species, feral animals and threatened species
  • Examining Javan Rhino conservation, behaviour, activity patterns and habitat use using camera trap data
  • Incorporating socio-political drivers into conservation prioritization
  • Conservation planning in the Mediterranean Sea and Basin
  • The role of collaboration in conservation
  • Land-sea interactions and conservation prioritisation in the world’s largest rivers
  • Biodiversity along environmental gradients and ecotone in the face of global change
  • Science-policy gaps in biodiversity conservation

Dr Louise Kuchel

  • Improving Conservation Education - evaluate the effectiveness of school education programs

A/Prof Margie Mayfield

  • How the attributes of invaded plant communities impact the success and failure of exotic specie
  • Understanding higher-order species interactions in plant communities
  • The role of species interactions in mediating coexistence
  • What processes are driving plant community responses to environmental change?
  • Community responses to climate change: a functional study of alpine plant communities
  • The importance of landscape structure on pollination networks

A/Prof Daniel Ortiz-Barrientos

  • Divergence in microRNAs in a hybrid zone

Prof Hugh Possingham

  • Bird community ecology
  • Conservation planning 
  • Population modelling
  • Optimal monitoring of biodiversity
  • *Research in marine and terrestrial reserve system design
  • *Threatened species modeling
  • *Optimal control of pests and weeds
  • *Optimal monitoring of threatened species and pests for detecting trends
  • *Basic theory of active adaptive management

Dr Steve Salisbury

Dinosaur tracks of the Broome Sandstone, Dampier Peninsula, Western Australia. Multiple projects available (funded through our current ARC Discovery grant)

  • Description and interpretation of new sauropod dinosaur fossils from the Winton Formation of central-western Queensland
  • Evolution of Australian Mesozoic crocodilians — description and interpretation of new fossils from the Winton Formation of central-western Queensland
  • Evolution of Australasian Cenozoic crocodilians — investigating the demise of mekosuchines and the rise of Crocodylus during the Plio-Pleistocene
  • Activation of the axial musculature during high-walking in crocodilians (dependant on access to animals and time to set up permits)
  • Biomechanics of lung ventilation in crocodilians (dependant on access to animals and time to set up permits)
  • Osteoderm development and bone growth Crocodylus porosus (dependant on access to animals and time to set up permits)
  • Freshwater fishes from the Winton Formation of central-western Queensland — description and interpretation of new fossils

A/Prof Gimme Walter

  • Generalist herbivores and their interactions with host plants
  • How do volatile chemicals and vision influence host plant relationships of herbivores?
  • Investigating host relationships for biological control (herbivores or parasitoids)
  • Cryptic species complexes and sexual communication in insects
  • Sound communication and population genetics a geneeralist bug
  • Chemical ecology of a generalist coccinellid beetle species (suitable for honours with the possibility of extension into a PhD)
  • Phytoplasmas, insect vectors and legumes" - this is a joint project with Karyn Johnson, Gimme Walter and Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. Please contact Karyn (karynj@uq.edu.au) or Gimme (g.walter@uq.edu.au) to discuss details and application.

A/P Kerrie Wilson

  • Prioritising restoration
  • Evaluating land use policy
  • Incorporating socio-political uncertainties into conservation decision making
  • Ecosystem services and biodiversity conservation
  • Carbon markets and biodiversity conservation

Dr Robbie Wilson

  • Locomotion and behaviour of antechinus and quolls
  • Evolutionary sports science


* Research projects for PhD/MPhil students only

**All of these projects are associated with funded projects and are eligible for top-ups (for students with an APA). Some are eligible for scholarship applications through CRC for Plant Biosecurity ($30K per yr for 3.5 yr + 2.5K travel).