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, airconditioned 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 (below) should be submitted via e-mail to: Details of current users of TERF are also available. We have created a broad Risk Assessment for working at TERF within the UQ Risk Assessment Database - you may access this here: search for Task ID 47773. You may choose to use this Risk Assessment or copy it and create your own, more specific Risk Assessment depending on your project.