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.

Terrestrial Ecological Research Facility

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 with “TERF” in the subject line. Forms for using TERF (Conditions of Use Form, Site Access Form) should be submitted via e-mail to: 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.

Vehicle Hire

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.

Other Facilities

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.