Skyrail Rainforest Foundation Funds Student Research

The Skyrail Rainforest Foundation (SRF) is pleased to announce a $42,000 commitment to support several PhD, masters and honours projects being undertaken by James Cook University students. This is $12,000 up on last years contribution and a $211,000 contribution since inception.

SRF Director Max Shepherd said the SRF is committed to supporting research that will contribute to future conservation.

"The Skryail Rainforest Foundation is committed to supporting research projects which will provide definite outcomes and facilitate a greater understanding of tropical rainforests. This understanding of the flora and fauna of our rainforests will enhance management and protection, contributing to ongoing conservation."

The successful projects are:

  1. Tropical Lowland Rainforest Phenology: Searching for climatically driven changes in reproductive phenology.
  2. Systematics, origins and evolution of the rainforest canopy tree genus Elaeocarpus (Elaeocarpaceae) in Australasia
  3. The microhabitat use and thermal ecology of rainforest geckos - informing conservation managers in a changing climate.
  4. Patterns of distribution and abundance of rainforest skinks - assessing species' vulnerability to climate change and mitigating impacts.
  5. Adaption and niche conservation of functional traits in Australian rainforests.
  6. Social dimensions of biodiversity conservation - a case study from Queensland.
  7. Community assemblage, altitudinal gradients, and climatic requirements of Microbats in the Wet Tropics.
  8. Utilisation of riparian corridors by arboreal mammals in fragmented and continuous rainforest landscape.

The Skyrail Rainforest Foundation was established in 2005 with the primary objective of raising and distributing funds to support tropical rainforest research and education projects. Registered as a tax deductible recipient, the Foundation raises money through membership and donations.

Each year students are invited to submit funding applications, which are assessed by the SRF's Public Fund Management Committee with representatives from James Cook University, the Environmental Protection Agency, Conservation International and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.