Student research funding supporting rainforest protection now available

The Skyrail Rainforest Foundation is offering funding to support student research that enhances the protection of tropical rainforests through better understanding and sustainable practices.

Research students will be able to access up to $5,000 for PhD and Research Masters projects and up to $2,000 for Honours projects, Graduate Diploma in Research Methods projects and other Masters Course work where there is a strong research component.

The funding will favour projects with a specific focus on the resilience of tropical rainforest ecosystems and livelihoods, within the foundation objectives of supporting;

  • Pure research aimed at understanding rainforest flora and fauna, ecosystems, processes and biological interactions
  • Applied research aimed at improved management and use of rainforest environments around the world
  • Education and communication to improve global understanding and appreciation of tropical rainforest environments, contributing to greater awareness and improved management and protection.

Max Shepherd, a director of the Skyrail Rainforest Foundation, said the foundation was pleased to make this funding available.“The foundation can see great value in the research the students undertake and is pleased to assist them in research efforts which enhances our understanding and leads to sustainable coexistence with our rainforest assets," Mr. Shepherd said.

Funding provided by the Skyrail Rainforest Foundation has enabled PhD student Katrien Geutrs to execute her field work and has also supported the endorsement of her extensive research project, scheduled to be published shortly in popular Wildlife Australia Magazines. Katrien’s thesis “Use of Riparian Corridors by Arboreal Mammals in Fragmented and Continuous Rainforest Landscape” focused on measuring the influence of patch sizes, vegetation structure, isolation, distance and surrounding landscape matrix on population structure and genetics of non-flying mammals in the scattered rainforests of the Atherton Tablelands. This helped to deliver an understanding of ways to conserve a group of attractive species from invasive impacts, as demonstrated in
Katrien’s article entitled “Researching Rainforest Connectivity”.

Since inception, the foundation has provided $267,000 to research projects.

Organisations or individuals are invited to submit applications to be considered for this funding opportunity. The closing date for submissions is Friday 17th May.

To assist with the preparation of submissions, a Skyrail Rainforest Foundation (SRF) 'Guidelines: Applications for Funding Students' document is available upon application. To receive a copy, please contact the Skyrail Rainforest Foundation on email email/info)(skyrailfoundation.org or phone (07) 4042 2200.

Applications will be reviewed and assessed by the SRF's Public Fund Management Committee who are experts in education, conservation, environmental management and business.

For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Louise Marshall

Phone: (07) 4042 2200
Mobile: 0400 381 990
Email: email/communications.manager)(skyrail.com.au