Tropical Rainforest Research Project Funding

Past Student: Deborah Apgaua

The Skyrail Rainforest Foundation saw many research funding applications of extremely high calibre and it proved to be a very competitive round of student submissions with the final choices being incredibly difficult in 2016. Applications were well written, structured and carefully compiled to make for compelling reading, producing a vast array of academically interesting project proposals. The foundation received some very ambitious projects with several students opting to build on previously established research by earlier students with others returning for second and third year funding.

Grants were released to students for conservation of the spotted tail Quoll, adaptions in the Greater Glider, interactions between fungi and ants, gut pathogens of native stingless bees and a vast array of important rainforest research and conservation projects each varying in length and complexity but all contributing greatly to the future of Australian Tropical Rainforests.

The full list of projects who were successful in gaining funding grants in 2016 are:

  • Conservation of the Spotted Tailed Quoll across the Wet Tropics mountain tops by Adriana Ines Uzqueda at James Cook University
  • How will increased drought affect herivory-based insect communities in Australia’s Tropical Rainforests by Claire Gely at Griffith University
  • Great glider (Petauroides Volans) mechanisms for adaptations in extreme environments by Denise McGregor at James Cook University on her 2nd year of research funding
  • Immune system evolution to a deadly disease of amphibians by Donald McKnight at James Cook University
  • Interactions among fungi, ants and the ant-plant Mymecodia Berrarii by Melinda Greenfield at James Cook University
  • Exploring the nexus between environment, emotion and spatial cognition; a test using Melomys Cervinipes by Mishal Rowell at James Cook University
  • Phylogeny and biogeography of Australian Garcinia (Clusiaceae) by Rismita Sari at James Cook University on her 2nd year of research funding
  • To investigate whether native Stingless Bees are infected by gut pathogen of the European Honey Bee by Terence Purkiss at James Cook University

The Skyrail Rainforest Foundation is pleased to announce another successful year of funding to support student research that enhances the protection of tropical rainforests through better understanding and sustainable practices. The foundation has funded a vast array of rainforest focussed projects and to date has provided over $404,728.13 in grants to research projects.