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 2020

  • Camila Madeira Tavares Lopes, James Cook University: Understanding the dynamics of disease spillover in rainforest bats.
  • Emma Carmichael, James Cook University: Will pathogen transmission to native stingless bees be exacerbated by climate change?
  • Jules Kramer, James Cook University: Do functional traits predict the composition of ant communities attracted to different bait types?
  • Adriana Vega Grau, The University of Queensland: Tropical tree water use, functional traits and the source-to-xylem water isotope relationship.

Projects funded by the Skyrail Rainforest Foundation 2019

  • Arun Singh Ramesh, James Cook University: Are mountaintop endemic plants constrained in their distribution by physiology?: Thermal adaptation and acclimation to climate change.  
  • Jendrian Riedel, James Cook University: Evolution and ecological adaptations of Australian geckos (Gekkota, Squamata).
  • Joshua Vido, LaTrobe University: Examining soil microbial communities in relation to seedling diversity within a tropical rainforest ecosystem.
  • Misha Rowell, James Cook University: Funding Submission – Stress, Personality and Problem Solving in an Australian Rodent Melomys cervinipes.
  • Sally Cooper, Southern Cross University: Do restored subtropical rainforest communities capture the genetic diversity of their remnant reference communities?

Projects funded by the Skyrail Rainforest Foundation 2018

  • Thomas Bruce, James Cook University: Feral cats in the North Queensland Wet Tropics region: understanding the behavioural and ecological interactions that affect conservation outcomes.
  • Stephanie ToddJames Cook University: The impact of habitat heterogeneity and cattle grazing on the occurrence and connectivity of endangered northern bettongs.
  • Nara Oliveira Vogado, James Cook University: The effects of drought on the phenology and eco-physiology of tree species in a tropical rainforest.
  • Lily Leahy, James Cook University: Canopy life in a changing climate: climate variability and species distributions of rainforest ants in the Australian Wet Tropics.
  • Dwi Amalia Dari, James Cook University: Balancing the trade-offs: Forest Landscape Audit (FLA) for assessing a multi sector governance (Case Study Kampar Peninsula Riau and Malinau North Kalimantan Indonesia)
  • Arun Singh Ramesh, James Cook University: Are mountaintop endemic plants constrained in their distribution by physiology?: Thermal adaptation and acclimation to climate change.

Projects funded by the Skyrail Rainforest Foundation 2017

  • Jendrian Riedel, James Cook University: Evolution 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 University: Nitrogen 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.

Projects funded by the Skyrail Rainforest Foundation 2016

  • Adriana Ines Uzqueda, James Cook University: Conservation of the Spotted Tailed Quoll across the Wet Tropics mountain tops.
  • Claire Gely, Griffith University: How will increased drought affect herivory-based insect communities in Australia’s Tropical Rainforests.
  • Denise McGregor, James Cook University (2nd year of research funding): Great glider (Petauroides Volans) mechanisms for adaptations in extreme environments. 
  • Donald McKnight, James Cook University: Immune system evolution to a deadly disease of amphibians.
  • Melinda Greenfield, James Cook University: Interactions among fungi, ants and the ant-plant Mymecodia Berrarii.
  • Mishal Rowell, James Cook University: Exploring the nexus between environment, emotion and spatial cognition; a test using Melomys Cervinipes.
  • Rismita Sari, James Cook University (2nd year of research funding): Phylogeny and biogeography of Australian Garcinia (Clusiaceae).
  • Terence Purkiss, James Cook University: To investigate whether native Stingless Bees are infected by gut pathogen of the European Honey Bee.

Projects funded by the Skyrail Rainforest Foundation 2015

  • 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.

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