Skyrail Rainforest Foundation Announces Student Funding

The Skyrail Rainforest Foundation is pleased to announce the results of the Student Research Funding Applications for 2015/16. The standard of applications were very high which made selecting the final recipients particularly challenging.

Eligible research students were given the opportunity to access up to $5,000 for PhD and Research Masters projects and up to $2,000 for Honours projects, Graduate Diplomas in Research Methods projects and other Masters Course work with a strong research component.

The successful applicants and their research projects are:

Ayla Turner: Do Melomys cervinipes have personalities? Variations in behaviour and hormones.

Denise McGregor: Greater glider (Petauroides volans) mechanisms for adaptations in extreme environments.

Jing Hu: Effects of logging and silvicultural treatments on tree mortality, growth rates and species composition in the tropic rainforests, North Queensland.

Oscar Croshaw: The current status of Dingo-dog hybridization in the Wet Tropics.

Rebecca Exl: Evolution, Ecology, and Genomics of a Recent Speciation Event in a Rainforest Frog.

Trevor Volp: Interactions between the ant-plant Myrmecodia beccarii and its ant partners.

Wendy Callaway: Exploratory behavior in northern brown bandicoots: a new method to determine potential adaptation to environmental change.

Maxim Bottaro: Rainforest regeneration for an adaptable future.

2nd Year funding:

Edward Tsen: Landscape connectivity and keystone frugivores: implications for the rare rainforest tree Ryparosa kurrangii.

Tegan Whitehead: Microhabitat use and movement patterns of the endangered northern bettong: influence of resource availability and predator density.

Dr Ken Chapman, 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 their efforts which enhance our understanding of our surroundings and leads to a sustainable coexistence" he said.

The Foundation also encourages those with an interest in tropical rainforests, to join and/or donate, to the Foundation.  Not only is there an array of member benefits including discounts of up to 50% at local tourist attractions, but the financial input will help protect this ancient environment for future generations.  Memberships cost $30 for one year or $150 for five years. Details can be found at skyrailfoundation.org/membership.