The University of Qld
- Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation
Research Stations and Facilities
The University of Queensland has two modern, fully equipped research stations and one research facility at which marine and terrestrial field and lab work can be conducted. Both stations provide accommodation, wet and dry laboratories, boating facilities, computer/library rooms and teaching facilities. A third, low infrastructure research facility, the Terrestrial Ecological Research Facility, has recently opened. For detailed information on the stations, their natural environment, current and recent research conducted at the stations and resultant publications, please visit the station websites.
The Terrestrial Ecological Research Facility (TERF) is the University of Queensland’s newest research facility and its only research station developed specifically to support experimental field ecology research and teaching. Located a short 25 minute drive from the St Lucia campus, between Moggill Road and the Brisbane River, TERF is a 20 hectare reserve dominated by former cattle pasture, and small patches of eucalypt woodland. The property has river front access for work focused on riverbank plant and animal communities, as well as a small, dammed freshwater pond. There are a range of native and exotic plant and animal species found in TERF to facilitate a range of projects. Because this reserve is not focused on rare or endangered ecosystems, this site is ideal for manipulative field experiments that are not ecosystem dependent.
In addition to 20 hectares of land, TERF also offers a small on-site dry lab for sample sorting, potting and other field preparation activities. There are five permanent weather stations on site and recorded climate data are freely available to all TERF users. We also have a professionally produced Digital Elevation Model (DEM). All data associated with this DEM are also available.
TERF is a user friendly, low infrastructure facility, designed to ensure accessibility to students working on independent research projects or course-based projects in addition to UQ staff. To make a site visit or to discuss you project ideas, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with “TERF” in the subject line. Forms for using TERF (Conditions of Use Form, Site Access Form) should be submitted via e-mail to: email@example.com. Details of current users of TERF are also available.
Moreton Bay Research Station
Moreton Bay Research Station (MBRS) is located 40km east of Brisbane on the Moreton Bay side of North Stradbroke Island (NSI). The station provides direct access to the waters of Moreton Bay and the Pacific Ocean as well as the unique terrestrial environments of the 27,700 hectare sand island.
Heron Island Research Station
Heron Island Research Station (HIRS) is situated on the southern Great Barrier Reef, 80 kilometres offshore from the city of Gladstone and is the oldest and largest marine research station on the Reef. The island is an 8 hectare, 0.8 km long, densely forested sand cay on the leeward edge of a flourishing 27 km2 coral reef platform which straddles the Tropic of Capricorn.
The University of Queensland has 14 glasshouses conveniently located at the St Lucia campus with a range of Quarantine, PC2, temperature controlled and evaporative cooled options. For more details, see the Central Glasshouse Services (CGS) website.
The Ecology Centre has three vehicles available for hire by UQ staff and students. These vehicles are managed by the School of Biological Sciences. More details can be found on the Vehicle Hire page.
A wealth of facility and technological resources, useful for Ecology Centre researchers, are housed within a variety of Schools, Centres and University Institutes at UQ. The Research Facilities Portal is intended as a jumping off point for both new and experienced researchers to explore these resources. It is a means of illustrating the breadth of scientific research within UQ, as well as a tool for facilitating the usage of these facilities by researchers.
The Ecology Centre and the Centre for Marine Science hosts a number of workshops throughout the year. These workshops are chosen based on demand and availability - please contact us if you have a workshop idea; either a workshop you may wish to attend or one you would be willing to present.
Moreton Bay Boat Handling Workshop
When: 30th March, 2017, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Where: Moreton Bay Research Station, North Stradbroke Island
Note: This is only open to UQ students on the CMS mailing lists.
Do you feel unprepared for handling a boat in Moreton Bay? The Centre for Marine Science will be holding a boat handling workshop at Moreton Bay Research Station, North Stradbroke Island aimed at students who hold a current recreational boat licence, marine radio licence (VHF), and current first aid and CPR certificates, and are permitted to drive UQ vehicles.
The workshop is designed to give inexperienced boat handlers supervised practice including driving a trailer, loading a boat on and off a trailer, docking at a jetty, navigating channels in Moreton Bay using onboard GPS, knot-tying, anchoring, and radio use.
If you are interested in attending, but missing any required certifications, see suggestions below:
- Complete the form for authority to drive UQ vehicles.
- A number of providers offer boat licences, such as Boat Safe.
- The School of Biological Sciences frequently run First Aid and CPR training sessions. Email for details.
- A number of online providers offer marine radio certification. UQ’s Boating and Diving Officer can assess you for the examination fee only once you have done the online study.
Working on Ecological Research at UQ
Opportunities to work as part of an ecological research group at UQ come up with some frequency. Such opportunities include positions as short- or long-term research or field assistants, lab managers, postdoctoral fellows and research scientists. All paid positions are posted through the UQ employment page.
Volunteering for Ecological Research projects at UQ
Volunteering can be a great way to gain research experience while studying abroad at UQ, while working full time on an undergraduate degree, or just as a way of getting involved in projects that excite or interest you. Many of the projects highlighted on the Ecology Centre website and many others run by UQ ecologists involve volunteers who periodically help with associated student projects and/or for data collection in the field or in the lab. We post some volunteer positions on this website but many opportunities come up suddenly in the diverse Centre-affiliated research groups. In addition to checking this website for opportunities, you can also contact members of the Centre directly about whether they or their group members need help from a volunteer in the near future.
The iROOS is a student-driven volunteer group of Environmental Science (BEnvSc) undergraduates from The University of Queensland (UQ), though students in other majors such as Bachelor of Science are also welcome. This organization developed out of one of the field-courses offered through the BSc Ecology major - BIOL3016: Outback Ecology, a course that takes student to Idalia National Park in central Queensland for an opportunity to study outback ecology first hand. iROOS developed with the goal of addressing conservation needs of Idalia NP and other rural Queensland parks. Members of this group work closely with UQ staff and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services (QPWS). They have, since the development of the group in 2007, been involved in a wide range of conservation, management and research projects based at Idalia National park, including: fresh water rehabilitation and protection projects, surveying the endangered Bridled Nailtail Wallaby, flora and fauna surveys, installing exclusion fencing to aid in the recovery of several endangered species and general park management. Students fund this exciting group through fundraising BBQs and generous gifts from private donors. To find out more about joining or supporting this student organization, please visit their official website.
Domestic & International Opportunities for Graduating Ecologists
Information on opportunites for all levels of graduate ecologists.
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