Looking for koalas with drones: project 1

Study level

Master of Philosophy


Vacation research experience scheme

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Associate Professor Grant Hamilton
Associate Professor in Ecology
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty


Koalas are an iconic and economically important species for Australia. Threats to koalas have reduced numbers drastically over the past 20 years, and while these threats continue, koala numbers will continue to decline in Queensland and NSW. In this project, you will explore issues related to the better detection of koalas using advanced technologies such as drones.

Research activities

You will work with your supervisor and other team members to analyse existing data, and to understand how to improve the detection of koalas using new technologies.

This is likely to involve identifying koalas in video footage, and comparing different methods of analysis for identifying koalas


An improved understanding of koala detection methods.

Skills and experience

An ideal candidate would:

  • have a passion for ecology and conservation
  • be enthusiastic and keen to learn
  • able to work well in a team as well as independently
  • be comfortable with numbers and be willing to learn statistics and computational methods



Contact the supervisor for more information.