Zoology & Ecology Research Projects

Research projects in Zoology and Ecology are listed below. The availability of each project for Undergraduate/Study Abroad (UG/SA), Honours (Hons), Masters (MSc), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) modes of study are shown.

Supervisor(s)ProjectUG/SAHonsMScPhD
Dr Lucas CernusakCarbon cycling in tropical rainforests
Are mountain-top endemic plants constrained in their distributions by physiology?
Interactive effects of high temperature and elevated carbon dioxide on tropical tree seedlings
Unsaturation of humidity inside leaves at high vapour pressure deficits
Are large tropical trees more vulnerable to hydraulic failure than small trees?
A/Prof Will EdwardsColour polymorphism in orb-web spiders
Temporal niche segregation in butterflies
Disturbance events and species persistence
Spatial extremes and species geographic ranges
Species traits and assemblage structure
Dr Megan HiggieSpeciation via the evolution of premating isolation among populations
The genomic basis of premating isolation
Species interactions and the evolution of mating traits
How niches evolve under intra- and interspecific competition
The role of male-male competition in speciation
Dr Ben HirschMotion sensor technologies as a new approach to the study of feral cats
Why are Chital deer population increasing in Australia?
Does individual intelligence influence the foraging ecology of South American fruit-eating mammals?
Prof Joe HoltumWhere have all the succulents gone? The evolution of Australia’s diverse flora
The role of nitrogen deficiency in the evolution and ecology of carnivorous plants in Australia
Ants, plants and fungi: the maintenance of ant-plant associations in the tropics
CAM: alternative pathways to photosynthetic success
Ecophysiological approaches to understanding the evolution and ecology of the worlds tropical flora
Dr Conrad Hoskin Using tropical reptiles and frogs to understand mechanisms of speciation
Exploting adaptation and impacts of the invasive asian house geckos on native fauna
Developing strategies to improve the conservation of endangered tropical fauna
Resolving the evolution and taxonomy of Queensland reptiles and frogs
Dr Lori LachWhat is the response of native flora and fauna to yellow crazy ant (Anoplolepis gracilipes) invasions?
Colony structure and reproduction strategies of yellow crazy ants (Anoplolepis gracilipes).
Understanding resource use by yellow crazy ants (Anoplolepis gracilipes) and how it relates to invasion dynamics.
What limits the successful transplants of the endemic, vulnerable ant-plant (Myrmecodia beccarii)?
Infection dynamics in the Western honey bee, Apis mellifera, and the Australian native stingless bee, Tetragonula hockingsi
A/Prof Susan LauranceThe synergistic effects of drought, fungi and insect damage on rainforest plants
Rainforest recovery and the effects of distance from primary rainforest on seed dispersers
Facilitating rainforest recovery with the experimental addition of late secondary forest species
Land use change and disease dynamics: mosquito vector communities in tropical habitats
The effects of fragmentation on wildlife and the use of wildlife corridors--at what scale shall we plan our landscapes?
Prof Bill LauranceImpacts of roads and infrastructure on tropical forests and biodiversity
Impacts of habitat fragmentation on tropical forests and biodiversity
Land-use planning and policy in developing nations
Impacts of land-use change on tropical ecosystems
Strategies for promoting tropical conservation
Dr Tobin Northfield Improving natural pest control in tropical crops
Improving pollination rates in tropical fruit crops
Using mathematical models to evaluate the effects of coevolutionary arms races on ecological communities
Using mathematical models to evaluate predator-prey dynamics
Evaluation of arms races in venom composition
Heather RobsonUsing novel eDNA techniques to manage invasive fish species in the tropics
Assessing populations of critically endangered frogs using eDNA techniques
eDNA as a key tool in the management of the critically endangered Sumatran rhinoceros
Prof Simon RobsonTerrestrial navigation in a swimming ant
Developing useful management strategies for the cohabitation of humans and bats in Australia’s cities
Neuroanatomical studies of ant brains: complexity through miniaturization
The emergence of collective intelligence in social insects
Designing and implementing the first global bat call database
Dr Tasmin RymerInvestigating the biomechanical properties and morphological adaptations of Australian Uromyine rodents
Can the fawn-footed mosaic-tailed rat Melomys cervinipes solve abstract problems?
Female mate choice for males in the fawn-footed mosaic-tailed rat Melomys cervinipes
Do Australian tropical rainforest rodents enter daily torpor?
Social transmission of information in the fawn-footed mosaic-tailed rat Melomys cervinipes: the role of the mother
Prof Lin SchwarzkopfDeriving effective methods to enhance capturing cane toads
Behaviour of lizards
Examining the microbiota of frogs
Acoustic biology of frogs
Behaviour of invasive deer
A/Prof Jeremy VanDerWalClimate change impacts on species distributions and abundance
Integration of novel sensors into RPAS (drone or UAV) technology for better understanding of environmental or agricultural assets
Advanced analytics, modelling and transformation of spatiotemporal data to better manage environmental issues
Design and development of novel, low cost wireless sensors for understanding a wide range of environmental and industrial conditions