Queensland's Citizen Science Hub

Geoff Edwards

I am pleased to present another content-packed Newsletter, Number 8-2021 of Queensland Science Network, a collaboration between 26 scientific and natural history societies, hosted by our Royal Society of Queensland. The Newsletter is available now on the Network’s website. Download here (3.3MB).

Included in this issue:


Special articles on use of hollows by birds and tree biodiversity decline.

Snippets of general science information from group members are of course welcome. Please contact me on the email address below.

Col Lynam
Editor, QSN Newsletter
newsletter@scienceqld.org.au or

On 15 October 2021, OzFish Unlimited and its project partners will be celebrating the launch of the largest community driven shellfish reef restoration project in Australia. See Events calendar for details.

The event marks the start of OzFish’s Shellfish Revolution that first seeks to re-establish more than 19 hectares of lost shellfish reefs in Queensland’s Moreton Bay (Quandamooka Country).

Scientists are inviting schools in Queensland to sign up to help search for Australia’s missing insects. Dr Andy Howe insect ecologist of the University of the Sunshine Coast is co-ordinating the Queensland arm of the “Insect Investigators” program led by the South Australian Museum. The program is seeking 50 schools across Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia to join an official program to help scientists find and catalogue insects.

The Brisbane Times has the story. Interested schools asked to register their interest at the project website.

Wildlife Queensland is offering a free will-making service for those who would like to sponsor the vital work that the group tackles.

By partnering with Australia’s top-rated will-writing platform, Gathered Here, Wildlife Queensland is offering its supporters a free will-writing service that easily allows a donor to leave a gift in their will to help protect Australia’s at-risk species. 

“Having an up-to-date will is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your family. But it’s also one of the easiest ways to leave a lasting legacy for wildlife. For a limited time (until 30 September 2021), Gathered Here is also offering supporters free and unlimited lifetime updates to their will* – a win for wildlife because ‘where there’s a will there’s a way.’

Write a free wildlife-friendly will in just 10 minutes.

Please contact Wildlife Queensland at bequests@wildlife.org.au or phone 3844 0129 for further information.

The Australian Greenhouse Calculator helps explore how a person’s lifestyle contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. We all enjoy the benefits of modern technology such as heating and lighting, but we can take actions to reduce production of greenhouse gases and help combat climate change.

Use the AGC to explore how to live more sustainably. By changing behaviour and selecting energy-efficient options, people can reduce greenhouse gas emissions in ways that do not compromise comfort and quality of life.

The calculator website includes “Teacher ideas” linked to the Australian curriculum.

We thank Alan Pears AM, primary developer of the calculator’s algorithm, for drawing this to QSN’s attention.


The Ecological Society of Australia is excited to announce that the 2021 “Ecology in Action” Photography Competition is now open. Prizes include $450 for first, second and third in each category, $500 for overall Best Image, and $400 for Best Portfolio. The judges may also award a number of Highly Commended awards where merited. This year, the competition includes the following categories:

  • Out Standing in the Field: Ecologists in Action
  • Niches and Hollows: Adaptive Behaviour and Australian Biodiversity
  • Beneath Southern Skies: Unique Australian Landscapes
  • New Category – Beauty in the Beast: Australian Invertebrates

Our new category, Beauty in the Beast: Australian Invertebrates, seeks to showcase the diversity and beauty of Australian invertebrates, from dragonflies, spiders, and worms to sea stars, cuttlefish and corals. These taxa are fascinating but all around the world they are under represented in academic research, news media, and even photography competitions! This has real world implications, making it difficult to identify and understand the many threats they face, foster public support for their survival, and ultimately secure conservation funding and threatened species listings. ‘Beauty in the Beast’ is an opportunity to show how interesting, impressive and important these ‘beasties’ really are.

For those of you in areas under lockdown, we hope that this category will provide an opportunity to participate by photographing the fascinating creatures in your own homes and backyards like caterpillars, beetles, millipedes, bees and butterflies. 

Entries close Sunday 14 November and can be submitted via our website here.

The National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training is offering fellowships to work in the field of groundwater. The Queensland openings are at the University of Queensland:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and hydrogeologists collaborating to better understand and manage groundwater resources
  • ​Integration of Indigenous knowledge into post-mine land use planning.

See the website for details.

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