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Industrial water treatment

Our research group has a strong focus on solving problems related to water treatment.Research topics in this area included but are not limited to:coal seam gasshale oil and gasmunicipal wastewateracid mine drainagemining waterfood and beverage manufacturingagriculturedesalinationammonia and phosphate nutrient recoverymetal recoveryThe majority of projects involve collaboration with industry. …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering

Computer vision and machine learning for wildlife abundance estimation

Wildlife surveys are a key tool used to manage threatened and endangered species. Historically, these have been performed manually, however a growing number of surveys are using drones and automated detection techniques to both reduce the cost and improve the overall accuracy. For this to be effective, the species of interest needs to be reliably detected in the target footage, and needs to be tracked to ensure that each animal is only counted once. QUT has already developed an approach …

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Leveraging Bayesian inference and machine learning: Dynamic Bayesian Networks for managing resilience

Dynamic Bayesian Networks (DBNs) provide a way to represent complex systems and their evolution over time by capturing cumulative local interactions between variables to infer global effects. They feature great flexibility and widespread applicability as demonstrated by applications in ecology, medicine, genetics, logistics and many more. Coming from machine learning and statistics, they are a generalised form of Hidden Markov Models (HMMs) and Kalman Filters. Here at QUT, exciting new developments of DBNs for systems that change over time led …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Mathematical Sciences

The perverse risks of strong enforcement

Environmental groups often argue that governments should have strong regulatory powers. That is, they should be allowed to:close down fisheries (e.g., the international whale fishery)ban the export of exploited organisms (e.g., the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, CITES)make environmentally destructive actions illegal (e.g., land clearing). However, if the economic actors who are exposed to these changes – the fishers, hunters, farmers – are aware that changes are imminent, they might take strategic, preventative steps to avoid the associated …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Mathematical Sciences

Bird song and bat chatter: mapping acoustic biodiversity

This project seeks to map hotspots and hot moments of local biodiversity, based on acoustic monitoring of birds and bats.An aligned goal is to explore relationships between different acoustic metrics to better understand the relationships between wildlife and the natural and built environments.The project has a number of opportunities with different aspects for you to choose from, depending on your interests and expertise.

Study level
Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences

Ecogenetics of microbes from Australian extreme environments

Characterising microbial community diversity, function and dynamics has been a long-standing goal of environmental microbiologists, and it can now be easily studied at an unprecedented depth with minimal cost and labour using next generation sequencing (NGS) technologies.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences

Optimising portfolios of management for the Great Barrier Reef

This project will involve adapting Modern Portfolio Theory to develop optimal management approaches to sustain the Great Barrier Reef. Modern Portfolio Theory is an integer programming approach that allocates resources in risky scenarios where investment options are correlated. It can accommodate significant and unavoidable uncertainties, stochasticity, and correlations between options. A diversified portfolio is less volatile than the sum of its parts, and therefore in order to ensure environmental benefits in the future we should invest in a diversity of …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Mathematical Sciences

Spatio-temporal statistical modelling of mosquito movement through urban landscapes

The invasive mosquito 'Aedes aegypti' predominantly inhabits urban landscapes and is responsible for the spread of diseases such as Dengue, Zika and Chikungunya, but little is known about how this mosquito moves between houses and neighbourhood blocks in search of a mate and food.Mark-release-recapture experiments have been used in the past to study the dispersal of female mosquitoes in north Queensland and to estimate important movement parameters. These experiments involve marking mosquitoes with coloured dust, releasing them into a landscape …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Mathematical Sciences

Optimal sampling and control of spatial populations in real time

Note: There is a top-up scholarship funded by CSIRO available for this project for one PhD student who holds a QUT scholarship, an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship, or some similar scholarship. This top-up provides additional stipend ($7,000 per annum) and generous support costs (including travel).Animals do not follow simple paths when they move through heterogeneous landscapes, so modelling and managing their populations is a complex mathematical problem. In order to optimise planning of population management, we must …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Mathematical Sciences

Evaluation of the camp scale architecture controlling komatiite emplacement in the Leinster Willuna camp

The northernmost 200 km of the 600 km long Kalgoorlie Terrane, referred to as the Agnew-Wiluna Belt, contains several Tier 1 Ni-Cu-PGE deposits, such as Mt. Keith and Perseverance, and is one of the most highly nickel-endowed belts in the world.Despite recent structural and volcanological investigations in the southernmost part of the belt, there is still a poor understanding of how these stratigraphically-hosted deposits relate to the camp- and regional-scale volcanic architecture.Knowledge of the fundamental architecture is critical for developing …

Study level
PhD
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences

Development of natural mineral based novel materials for water harvesting from the air

Development of novel materials for agricultural use with the aim to increase water availability from soil for plants in arid area has been one of the most important research topics. However, available products are very limited and more importantly, they are very expensive and not environmental friendly, which make them not practical for real use.In addition, most of these materials adsorb moisture at very high relative humidity (RH), consequently, we need a viable solution to the capture of water from …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences

Petrogenesis and PTt history of Paleoarchean gneisses from the East Pilbara Terrane

The study of Paleoarchean terranes (3.6 Ga-3.2 Ga) provides invaluable information about the early Earth. During this time period up to 50% of the present day volume of continental crust was generated. The characteristic Archean dome and keel crustal architecture has been suggested to form during distinctly different tectonic regimes compared to the modern Earth.Various projects are available including PhD, Masters, Honours and VRES to work on the Paeoarchean to Mesoarchean samples from the East Pilbara Terrane. …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences

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