A Foundation Record!

Skyrail Rainforest Foundation hits record highs!


2017 saw a Skyrail Rainforest Foundation record, with the highest number of student applications received since the Foundations inception back in 2005.


The Public Fund Management Committee spent days reviewing and evaluating all the student applications, covering a wide variety of complex and incredibly well structured submissions. The majority of student applications held strong scientific merit and were directly addressing the 2017 guidelines set by the Public Fund Management Committee.


Unfortunately due to such a high number of student applications, not all the students that had projects within the funding guidelines could be extended funding for the 2017 release. All students involved in the current selection processes are strongly encouraged to stay in touch with the Foundation and re-apply in the 2018 funding year.


Projects funded by the Skyrail Rainforest Foundation 2017


  • Jendrian Riedel, James Cook UniversityEvolution and ecological adaptions of Australian geckos (Gekkota, squamata).
  • Rebecca Riggs, James Cook University: Social-ecological impacts of landscape transitions in South-east Asia: Optimising conservation and development trade-offs in protected areas in rural Cambodia.
  • Irwan Lovadi, James Cook UniversityNitrogen economy of the vulnerable rainforest sundew Drosera schizandra.
  • Kristal Kinnane, James Cook University: Oxygen isotope composition of leaves and wood in rainforest plants grown under varying environmental conditions.
  • Melinda Greenfield, James Cook University: (2nd year of research funding) Interactions among fungi, ants and the ant-plant Mymecodia Berrarii.
  • Pauline Lenancker, James Cook University: Resolving the reproductive mode of the invasive yellow crazy ant (Anoplolepis gracilipes)
  • Rismita Sari, James Cook University (3rd year of research funding): Phylogeny and biogeography of Australian Garcinia (Clusiaceae).
  • Tabitha Cheng Yee Hui, James Cook University: Improving wildlife corridor designs to mitigate the impacts of habitat fragmentation on small mammals in Peninsular Malaysia. 
  • Claire Gely, Griffith University: (2nd year of research funding) How will increased drought affect herbivory-based insect communities in Australian tropical rainforests?
  • Denise McGregor, James Cook University: (3rd year of research funding) Greater glider (Petauroides volans) mechanisms for adaptions in extreme environments.
Recipient of Skyrail Rainforest Foundation Funding, Terence Purkis, with his project on native Stingless Bees.

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 focused projects and to date has provided over $440,252.13 in grants to research projects.


Individuals wanting to be involved in rainforest research and education can support the foundation by visiting the memberships section on the Skyrail Rainforest Foundation website. Foundation Members receive numerous Personal Benefits including discounted travel on Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, e-newsletters, an exclusive Membership Card and discounts at Skyrail’s Gift Shops.