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Our expertise and interests cover a wide breadth of research topics.


Explore some of our exciting research below!

Threatened species and ecological communities


Black-throated Finch recovery

Southern Black-throated Finch Poephila cincta cincta (BTF) was once widespread, but is now restricted to less than 20% of its former distribution. Only an estimated 2,200 individuals remain.


Condamine earless dragon

 The Endangered Condamine earless dragon (Tympanocryptis condaminensis) is restricted to a small area of cropping land in southeast Queensland but its habitat requirements and population are unknown, preventing the development of dragon-friendly practices.

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National Australian Science Programme

Through NESP, April has been involved in several projects synthesising knowledge for a national approach for combating species extinction, and identifying and managing refuges.

Climate change and conservation planning


Climate change and conservation planning

Climate change is one of the largest threats facing species and ecosystems. To secure our species into the future, we need to consider climate change in our conservation planning.  Projects have included

- Refugia for terrestrial biodiversity

- Conservation planning for climate change

- Climate change impacts on Australian tropical savannah birds


Securing a species - Glossy Black- and Gang-gang Cockatoo

Climate change is one of the largest threats to biodiversity. How can we plan for the future and conserve species under climate change?

Glossy Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami) and Gang-gang Cockatoo (Callocephalon fimbriatum)

Tarengo Leek Orchid (Prasophyllum petilum)

Photo: Larissa Dann

Land clearing


Land clearing in Queensland

Queensland has one of the worst land clearing rates in the world



Ecology and conservation of bats

Bats make up around one-quarter of the World's mammals and play a key ecosystem service provider role. 



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