This page presents information that is not easily classified into the other tabs – educational materials, citizen science reports, government links or stand-alone ‘publications’.
Libraries and search engines
Trove is the National Library of Australia’s umbrella search engine. It indexes books, periodicals and other materials held in the National Library and a large number of other contributing libraries including universities. (For example, it indexes more than 420,000 items in the Brisbane City Council library network and more than 2 million from The University of Queensland’s libraries).
Seeking a document from a defunct website? Try Pandora, the National Library’s archival engine that sweeps a select range of official and other websites (including that of the Royal Society of Queensland) periodically and stores them in perpetuity.
Restore Pumicestone Passage
Shellfish reefs (oysters, mussels etc.) are “the lungs” of healthy estuaries, providing various “ecosystem engineering” services including filtering to clean the water, nutrient uptake, shoreline stabilisation and food and shelter for fish and crabs.
However, today less than 5% of historical shellfish populations remain in Pumicestone Passage, off northern Moreton Bay, due mainly to declining water quality which disrupts their breeding cycle.
“Restore Pumicestone Passage” is a group of community people with the aim of scientifically examining the best methods of restoring subtidal shellfish reefs in Pumicestone Passage and quantifying their effects on improving water quality and fish habitat in the Passage and Moreton Bay. The group’s website has a wealth of accessible information about shellfish reef restoration in Australia and internationally.
Gallery (samples for future photo library)
The following photographs are available for download for non-commercial use by individuals, public authorities and not-for-profits, under a Creative Commons licence, provided that the Queensland Science Network is acknowledged.
This photograph of mangrove seedlings germinated in a mat of seagrass and debris washed up on high tides. Most of these particular seedlings have died, as they were growing under a canopy of mature mangrove trees that suppress growth underneath.
Cones of Bunya Bunya. A seed is traceable in the loose segment in the top right of the picture. Seeds in the top left half-cone have been removed by Sulphur-crested Cockatoos while the cone was on the ground.
The website Jolt Science http://joltscience.com.au/, operated by Robert Whyte, member of the Royal Society of Queensland, showcases a monthly web TV series in which innovators and experts talk science.