QUT researchers will be part of a ‘mega’ research hub being formed in the next phase of Australia’s National Environmental Science Program (NESP) to inform the management of Australia's terrestrial and freshwater habitats.
The NESP Resilient Landscapes Hub will inform the management of Australia’s terrestrial and freshwater habitats to promote resilience, sustainability and productivity. This hub will provide national leadership in threatened species research and play a crucial role in informing preparation and recovery actions for extreme events such as bushfires.
The overall funding for the NESP Resilient Landscapes Hub will be $47 million over a seven-year period.
QUT ecologist and Centre for the Environment Director, Professor Jennifer Firn said the university was honoured to be part of the successful bid, and looked forward to partnering with 11 universities and all state and territory governments to benefit the natural environment.
“Next year, we will be planning projects which represents an unprecedented opportunity to work with researchers and stakeholders from across the country on the management of Australia’s terrestrial and freshwater habitats.”
Other QUT researchers involved in the bid included Dr Angela Dean, Professor Paul Roe and Professor Kerrie Wilson.
The Hub will be hosted by the University of Western Australia and led by Professor Michael Douglas and will deliver national coverage through partnerships with the CSIRO and research institutions including QUT, James Cook University, Griffith University, University of Tasmania, Curtin University, Macquarie University, University of Newcastle, University of New England, University of Southern Queensland, Flinders University, Charles Darwin University and La Trobe University.