QASE is comprised of academics, post-doctoral fellows, postgraduate and honours students led by Dr. Grant Hamilton. The group is based at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Queensland.

We are working to protect threatened koala populations using drones and artificial intelligence. We need your help to develop algorithms, fly drones and buy new sensors. Click the link to provide support for this essential work


The questions we are researching revolve around wildlife management, biodiversity, invasive species and food security. As ecologists, we use statistical and mathematical approaches in a spatial framework to solve some of the critical problems facing our environment. We use state of the art technologies including drones and acoustic sensing to monitor the environment, and we collaborate with a range of organisations including federal and state governments, conservationists, farmers and other universities to develop highly innovative solutions. Examples of our work include monitoring koala populations with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), using acoustics to assess the flow on impacts of Myrtle Rust in Australian forests, assessing crop disease status with hyper spectral imagery, and developing improved surveillance and detection methodologies that could be used anywhere from the Great Barrier Reef to individual farms.

The QASE group has regular meetings and guests speakers are welcome. We often have honours and PhD projects available. If you are interesting in contributing, in working with us or would like to find out more information, please feel free to contact QASE at