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Evangeline Corcoran receives Dean's Medal

Pictured Above: Dean of the School of Science and Health Prof. Gregory Kolt (left), Evangeline Corcoran (centre), Vice-Chancellor Prof. Barney Glover (right) Congratulations to our QASE member, Evangeline Corcoran, who was recently awarded the Dean’s Medal for her Bachelor of Science (Zoology) degree at the University of Western…

Thermal image of a koala obtained from a UAV. Image credit: Dr Grant Hamilton.
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Grant Hamilton is in the Brisbane Times for koala detection with UAVs

Thermal image of a koala obtained from a UAV. Image credit: Dr Grant Hamilton.   Grant Hamilton appeared on the front page of Brisbane Times yesterday, with promising updates for the joint Queensland University of Technology and Brisbane City Council project on detection of koalas using thermal cameras mounted on UAVs. So far, computer…

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Paper by Alan Pearse & Grant Hamilton published: "Giant coral reef fishes display markedly different susceptibility to night spearfishing"

Alan Pearse & Grant Hamilton have recently had a paper accepted for publication in Ecology and Evolution. This paper investigates the effect of spearfishing and habitat associations on the abundance of humphead wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus) and bumphead parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum). These fish are listed as Endangered and…

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Katie Johnston and Evangeline Corcoran are presenting at the Ecological Society of Australia Annual Conference

Evangeline Corcoran and Katie Johnston will be presenting their novel methods for detection of koalas and vegetation measurements in their habitat at this years Ecological Society of Australia Annual Conference. They will both be giving speed talks at the Symposium:  Conservation technology: Innovative applications for ecology on…

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Dr Grant Hamilton as invited speaker at forum – Drones in Environment, Research and Industry

  Dr Grant Hamilton has been asked to present and participate as an Invited Speaker in the forum “Drones in Environment, Research and Industry” at the 2018 World of Drones Congress. This forum will take place at 1:30-3pm on the 10th of August, 2018. Visit https://www.worldofdrones.com.au/ for more information on the…

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Australia’s Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is deploying drones in a new effort to help protect koalas in southeast Queensland.

According to the university, the state government has announced a funding boost for the koala conservation effort. The two-year project will be led by Dr. Grant Hamilton from QUT’s Science and Engineering Faculty, who says the technology will provide a survey method for detecting koalas and estimating their numbers.   

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Grant Hamilton to continue hi tech work in Koala conservation.

The Honourable Steven Miles, Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef has released the results of the latest funding round. Grant Hamilton (EEBS) and Simon Denman (EECS) will work together using drones and automated identification to create a robust methodology for…

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Myrtle Rust research continues to receive coverage

Dr Grant Hamilton and Nadine Nolan’s work in to determining the ecological effects of Myrtle Rust continues to receive coverage from various news outlets. The article outlines details of the research, which involves using unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to help identify occurrences of myrtle rust at the canopy level. For the full article…

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QASE research recognised

Ecological research carried out by QASE members Dr Grant Hamilton and Nadine Nolan has been recognised by the ABC in a story highlighting the potential dangers of the invasive fungal disease, Myrtle Rust. Research is ongoing and more updates will appear shortly. See the story below for more details or click here for full story…

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Ecosystems in recovery: how do we monitor post eradication?

Islands provide unique opportunities for conservation restoration. Island eradications are becoming more and more common and more successful, particularly for vertebrate pests. As island eradication increases, associated technological advancements are made and our knowledge on secondary poisoning and other direct impacts improves…

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Queensland farmers have new tool for tackling weeds

Queensland has its fair share of hard to manage invasive weeds, yet farmers and managers are now using an unmanned helicopter named ‘Sid Vicious’ in an attempt to cut back on labour costs and kill hard to manage weeds such as groundsel bush. Read here for more…

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Invasive weeds have potential to cost billions

With no control measures in place, weeds have the potential to out compete crops or other species. About half of all corn and soybean crops currently grown across the United States and Canada could be lost, costing growers about $43 billion annually. New research has identified the potential damages caused by invasive weeds if left…