Showcasing the latest science to recover threatened species to Brisbane

13 Jun 2018

Plant and animal translocations, urban flying-fox roosts and plant pathogens were among the wide variety of research presented at an event hosted by the University of Queensland last week.

The event showcased research by the Threatened Species Recovery Hub of the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Program to over 160 people.  

The Hub’s Deputy Director, UQ’s Assoc Professor Martine Maron said the event was hugely successful.

“We were blown away by the turn out of people from Queensland government, non-government environmental organisations and industry.

“People were really engaged in the material presented in the morning, while the afternoon workshops fostered a lot of very useful discussion about the value of the research for stakeholders,” said Assoc Prof Maron.

UQ Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Tim Dunne introduced the day which was held at UQ’s elegant Customs House venue.

He was followed by Dr Mark Jacobs the Acting Assistant Director-General Science Division from the Queensland Government Department of Environment and Science, who talked about the importance of science to support the management of threatened species.

The Threatened Species Recovery Hub is a 6 year, $60 million collaboration between ten universities and the Australian Wildlife Conservancy to deliver science to support the recovery of Australia’s threatened species. 

The Hub is hosted by the University of Queensland and is supported by the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Program.

While the hub is national, last week’s event was an opportunity to raise the profile of many UQ led research projects to a wide variety of stakeholders.  Projects presented included the development of Australia’s first threatened species index, improving Australia’s threatened species monitoring, migratory shorebird research,  using expert elicitation to improve biodiversity offsetting and recovery planning for the northern


Jaana Dielenberg

06 June 2018