Everything you need to know as a first-time student.
Information and support for postgraduate study.
Courses, supervisors and your life as a researcher.
Step-by-step application guides for our courses.
Get financial support for your studies. Find a scholarship that's right for you.
Options like part-time, external and online study can help you tailor how you learn.
Boost your career or extend your skills with a short course or unit.
Our free online courses are open to everyone.
Discover our campuses, courses and entry requirements.
Our internationally recognised research is supported by state-of-the-art research infrastructure.
Considering research with us? Here's what to expect.
PhDs, research masters and professional doctorates.
Apply for scholarships for research study, or competitive grants as a professional researcher.
Our researchers work in supportive and established networks.
We value and promote integrity and ethical responsibility in all research we conduct.
Our strengths and areas of focus in research.
Browse our experts or find a supervisor.
We collaborate with industry partners to research solutions for real-world problems, and to give our students hands-on experience in the workplace.
Work with our students and graduates, sponsor scholarships, prizes or events, or become an industry partner.
We offer commercial research and consultancy services, research commercialisation, and workplace training and development.
We offer short courses to help you advance your career and expand your skills.
We're working with a range of industry partners and collaborators.
Boeing Australia have collaborated on projects with us and provided sponsorship, and their staff have taught in our avionics program.
We are a highly successful and globally positioned Australian university with an applied emphasis in courses and research.
Make a real impact by giving to QUT and supporting our students, researchers and community.
Our history, key statistics, sustainability initiatives and programs and Indigenous acknowledgement.
Meet our staff and executive team.
Our awards, accreditation details, research rankings and scholarly achievements.
Our plans for expanding our university's achievements in learning, teaching and research.
Policies, procedures and annual reports.
What's on at QUT.
Want to work with us? See available jobs.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +61 7 3138 2000 Mon-Fri, 8.30am-5pm.
Find out more about our commitment to the AHRC's anti-racism initiative.
Our graduates run successful businesses, conduct ground-breaking research and make significant contributions to their communities.
We celebrate our alumni with annual awards for graduates and students.
Get involved with QUT by engaging with and supporting our current students.
Once you've graduated, we encourage you to keep in touch with the QUT community and your fellow alumni.
Email: email@example.com Phone: +61 7 3138 4778 Mon-Fri, 8.30am-5pm
Award-winning singer-songwriter and ARIA-nominated artist Kate Miller-Heidke is the 2016 QUT Alumnus of the Year.
Step-by-step guide to applying as an international student.
We offer scholarships for international students to help with study and living costs.
You may be able to meet with a QUT staff member or official representative in your city.
Find out more about living and studying in Brisbane.
While you're studying here, you can access a range of support services to help you adjust to life in Brisbane.
Come to QUT for one or two semesters.
Freecall: 1800 181 848 (within Australia)
Phone: +61 3 9627 4853 (outside Australia)
Subscribe for email updates
Brisbane’s newly built apartments are mostly over-glazed hot boxes that will increasingly cost more to keep cool and be uncomfortable to live in, due to poor design and a focus on “the view”.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +61 7 3138 2361
World-class education and research facilities sit alongside lifestyle, sporting and creative hubs at our campuses.
Our four libraries offer diverse collections, study spaces and free public services.
Our researchers work at specialised facilities in Brisbane and across Queensland.
Our cultural, entertainment and function venues are open to the public.
Hire one of our unique spaces for your next event.
Our Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove cultural precincts bring together outstanding facilities for the arts, heritage and science education.
You are here:
A researcher from Queensland University of Technology has advanced the use of coral to measure the rate of climate change.
Studying coral at Heron Island, at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef, QUT natural resource sciences PhD researcher Luke Nothdurft has greatly improved the accuracy of coral analysis, keeping it up-to-date with recent advances in technology.
"Analysis of coral can tell us about the changes in water temperature over time and the rate of global warming," Mr Nothdurft said.
"Corals are great continuous recorders of past sea conditions. A single colony can grow for several hundred years.
"Their skeletons contain trace elements incorporated from seawater as they grow, and these trace element concentrations change as water temperatures fluctuate."
Mr Nothdurft said recent technology used to analyse coral chemistry was so advanced that new sampling strategies had to be developed to ensure accuracy.
"Existing sampling strategies were impossible to use with this new technology because they could lead to great inaccuracies," he said.
"In the past, we could only see the annual density bands of coral, which are superficially similar to tree rings, but now, powerful microscopes have made it possible to see seasonal, weekly and even daily variations in coral growth."
Mr Nothdurft studied the skeletal structure of different coral species and found that coral skeleton is much more complicated than previously thought.
"Coral skeletons have different microstructures, which grow at different times. You need to look at how the structure is built before analysing the sample, otherwise you may mistake new growth for old," he said.
"The coral animal is only a thin living polyp on top of the skeleton. As it grows it leaves the skeleton base beneath it.
"The skeletons are very complex and there are many variations between species."
Mr Nothdurft also discovered that minerals deposited from seawater and by organisms living within abandoned parts of the coral skeleton could also mislead scientists.
"These secondary mineral precipitates in the cavities within coral skeletons potentially contaminate the sample with chemical properties that do not reflect the local seawater environment," he said.
Mr Nothdurft undertook the research with an Australian Research Council postgraduate award and a QUT-funded grant. He was supervised by QUT marine carbonate geologist Dr Greg Webb.
Media inquiries: Carmen Myler, QUT media officer - 07 3138 4494. **high-res images of Mr Nothdurft are available from Erika Fish: email@example.com
Researcher Luke Nothdurft is improving the analysis of coral, which will help us measure the rate of global warming.