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.

Our vision is:

"The protection of tropical rainforests worldwide through sound management, understanding and appreciation through research and education."

To be considered for funding, projects must be compatible with the Foundation's vision and funding guidelines.

To date, the Skyrail Rainforest Foundation has and continues to support, a number of tropical rainforest research studies and initiatives. Examples of projects funded by the Foundation include, but are not limited to those listed below.

The Skyrail Rainforest Foundation will continue to support tropical rainforest research and education projects on an ongoing basis. For more information, please contact us or visit the Funding section of this website.

Projects funded by the Skyrail Rainforest Foundation 2016

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

Projects funded by the Skyrail Rainforest Foundation 2015

Listed below is the student's name who received funding from the Foundation, the university they conducted their study at and the research topic.

  • Ayla Turner, James Cook University: Do Melomys cervinipes have personalities? Variations in behaviour and hormones.
  • Denise McGregor, James Cook University: Greater glider (Petauroides volans) mechanisms for adaptations in extreme environments.
  • Jing Hu, University of Queensland: Effects of logging and silvicultural treatments on tree mortality, growth rates and species composition in the tropic rainforests, North Queensland.
  • Oscar Croshaw, James Cook University: The current status of Dingo-dog hybridization in the Wet Tropics.
  • Rebecca Exl, James Cook University: Evolution, Ecology, and Genomics of a Recent Speciation Event in a Rainforest Frog.
  • Trevor Volp, James Cook University: Interactions between the ant-plant Myrmecodia beccarii and its ant partners.
  • Wendy Callaway, James Cook University: Exploratory behavior in northern brown bandicoots: a new method to determine potential adaptation to environmental change.
  • Maximo Bottaro, Southern Cross University: Rainforest regeneration for an adaptable future.
  • Edward Tsen - second year, University of Melbourne: Landscape connectivity and keystone frugivores: implications for the rare rainforest tree Ryparosa kurrangii.
  • Tegan Whitehead - second year, James Cook University: Microhabitat use and movement patterns of the endangered northern bettong: influence of resource availability and predator density.
  • Deborah Mattos Guimaraes Apgaua - second year, James Cook University: Tropical rainforest plant water relations and vegetation dynamics.

Projects funded by the Skyrail Rainforest Foundation 2014 

  • Amy Shima, James Cook University: Incidence of disease and mortality in Lumholtz’s Tree-kangaroo on the Atherton Tablelands of Queensland.
  • Avril Underwood, James Cook University: Effect of land use and environmental change on regional rainforest biodiversity: patterns of mammal community assemblages and population genetic structure.
  • Deborah Mattos Guimaraes Apgaua, James Cook University: Tropical rainforest plant water relations and vegetation dynamics.
  • Gabriel Porolak, James Cook University: Evaluation of Hunting Sustainability and the Potential Role of Protected Areas in Papua New Guinea (PNG): Implications for Conservation.
  • Marta Vidal-Garcia, The Australian National University: Jumping ahead in our understanding of locomotion in Australian frogs.
  • Rismita Sari, James Cook University: Phylogeny and Biogeography of Australian Garcinia spp. (Clusiaceae)
  • Tegan Whitehead, James Cook University: Current population status and foraging ecology of the northern bettong Bettongia tropica.


Functional Traits and Water Transport Strategies in Lowland Tropical Rainforest Trees: Deborah Apgaua

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Evolution of the rainforest canopy: Yumiko Baba

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Microbats in the Wet Tropics: Tamara Inkster

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Impact of roads: Peter Byrnes

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Rainforest Phenology: Dr Mike Liddell

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