Research Partnerships Program
Council’s Research Partnerships Program supports collaborative scientific research with educational institutions, community groups, and government agencies on issues affecting the environment.
Research partnerships lead to improved understanding of ecosystem functions and services. They provide valuable environmental knowledge which assists council to protect, manage and enhance the region’s biodiversity. This knowledge helps build the resilience of ecosystems to the impacts of climate change.
Supporting collaborative research partnerships strengthens environmental management planning and decision-making. The Research Partnerships Program promotes knowledge sharing and encourages collaborative approaches to problem solving.
Current research partnership
- Koala Chlamydia Vaccine Research
Moreton Bay Regional Council is a foundation funding partner - working with the University of the Sunshine Coast - in the research, development and initial field trials of a Chlamydia vaccine for koalas.
- Urban Koala Project
The Urban Koala Project is a collaborative research project between MBRC and the Sunshine Coast University, with assistance from the Queensland Government. The project aims to trial the use of naturally occurring dwarf gum koala food trees in landscaped urban environments across the Region.
- Glossy Black Cockatoo Conservancy
The Glossy Black-Cockatoo is a rare and threatened cockatoo that is listed as Vulnerable under the Queensland Nature Conservation Act 1992. The Glossy Black Conservancy was formed in 2005 as a partnership between government, community groups and business to facilitate the management and conservation of GBC in south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales.
- Shorebird Research Project
Moreton Bay supports up to 50,000 shorebirds which feed in intertidal wetlands during the summer. The Queensland Wader Study Group and MBRC collaboratively undertake regular shorebird counts in coastal areas across the Moreton Bay Region.
- Species in Human Modified Landscapes – ARC Linkage Project
Habitat loss and fragmentation are the major pressures for wildlife in urban areas. In collaboration with Council, and with the assistance of an Australian Research Council grant, the University of Queensland is investigating native animal dispersal between fragmented natural areas across South East Queensland.
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