Funding | Skyrail Rainforest Foundation


Funding to support student research that enhances the protection of tropical rainforests through better understanding and sustainable practices

Funding Opportunities for 2024 have now closed.

The Public Fund Management Committee has set the new guidelines for student funding in 2024 and is now evaluating submissions. All students will be notified in due course.

The Skyrail Rainforest Foundation offers funding to support student research that enhances the protection of tropical rainforests through better understanding and sustainable practices.

To be considered for funding, projects must be compatible with the Foundation's vision and funding guidelines that are set by the Public Fund Management Committee.

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Student Funding - 2023 | 24

Students that have received funding from the foundation are required to submit regular progress reports throughout their research.

This allows the committee the opportunity to keep up to date with the progression of all student projects.

For students currently completing research projects and that have received funding from the foundation, you are able to download the progress report form as well as the final report form for submission below.


The Skyrail Rainforest Foundation Cyclone Larry Project commenced in October 2006 and consisted of 10 separate projects. Research was primarily undertaken by the Tropical Landscapes Joint Venture, which is an alliance between James Cook University and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. The project outcomes benefited rainforest communities worldwide, when they were published in the international ecology journal Austral Ecology in May of 2008.

Projects Funded in 2022

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Alejandro de la Fuente

Determinants of spatial variation in population density in a tropical folivore community: conservation implications in a changing environment.

India Marshall

Investigating the human dimensions of cassowary and vehicle traffic interactions on Mission Beach Roads.
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Lorenzo Bertola

Conservation genomics of the Critically Endangered Kuranda Treefrog – did the recent population declines result in a loss of genetic health?
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Camila Lopes

The future of urban roosts of flying foxes.

Wet Tropics Cooperative Research Partnership

$40,000 Indigenous Research Grant Awarded.

The first indigenous research grant has been awarded through a new Wet Tropics partnership, formed to improve land and water management in the Far North.

The partnership has awarded a $40,000 grant to CQ University for researchers to work with traditional owners and others in the Atherton Tablelands region.

CQ University Professor of Tourism Bruce Prideaux said the team would establish protocols for a traditional knowledge and science supply database.

“We will be working closely with traditional owners from across nine groups and with others in the Tablelands community from local government to other land managers, industry and groups like historical societies,’’ he said.

“In this project we’ll be doing the groundwork, learning more about Country and cultural data needs and designing a framework including intellectual property agreements and cultural protocol templates."

“The aim is to combine traditional knowledge and science with western knowledge and science for improved land and sea water management outcomes.”

March 11, 2014

Sally Cooper

Do restored subtropical rainforests capture the genetic diversity of their wild reference communities?
March 12, 2014

Misha Rowell

Stress, Personality and Problem Solving in an Australian Rodent Melomys cervinipes
May 8, 2014

Emma Carmichael

Will pathogen transmission to native stingless bees be exacerbated by climate change?
July 20, 2021

Adriana Vega Grau

Tropical tree water use, functional traits and the source-to-xylem water isotope relationship.
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