Queensland's Citizen Science Hub


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Among the numerous articles in the media predicting how rapidly the virus causing the illness COVID-19 will spread, one written by US engineer Tomas Puey on the website accessed by the following link has appealed to us as particularly well researched and likely to be authoritative. The article, “Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now: Politicians, Community Leaders and Business Leaders: What Should You Do and When?” includes extensive statistical analysis of the past and likely future trajectory of the disease. The author concludes: “This is an exponential threat.” This conclusion has justified the member societies of the Queensland Science Network in cancelling or postponing numerous events and presents a response to arguments that we have been overreacting.

Why You Must Act Now

Date: Tuesday 17 March, 2020
Time: 8:00am for registration (9:00am start)
New venue: Auditorium, State Library of Qld, Stanley Pl, Sth Brisbane.

  • Keynote: Managing forest fuels & smoke, now & into the future – Dr Owen Price (Uni. of Wollongong)
  • Keynote: Climate change & prescribed burning – What do we know? – Dr Hamish Clarke (Uni. of Wollongong)
  • Keynote: Making fire ecology useful in the climate crisis – Dr Annabel Smith (Uni. of Qld)
  • Keynote: Changing fire regimes in the subtropics & the potential ecological responses – Dr Garry Cook(CSIRO)& Dr Anna Richards(CSIRO)
  • QFES Overview of the Qld 2019/20 Bushfire Emergency – Superintendent James Haig & Inspector Francis Hines (QFES)
  • Changes to Fire Weather in Qld – Dr David Jones (BOM) & QFES
  • Indigenous fire & seasons calendars: using cross-cultural science for fire management – Michelle McKinney (Uni of New England)
  • Powerlink/BOM Strategic Partnership in a Changing Climate – Steve Hadley (BOM) & Stephen Martin (Powerlink)
  • Managing for a molecule: The potential market for carbon abatement and fire management – Dr Cuong Tran (Ten Rivers)
  • Rapid ecological assessment—How did SEQ fare in the 2019 bushfire season? – Shannon Mooney (Healthy Land & Water)
  • Saving an endangered bettong with fire – Chris Pocknee (Uni. of Qld)

Ticket Prices:
Concession 1: $85.00* incl. GST. (SEQFBC partners)
Concession 2: $110.00* incl. GST (students & Traditional Owners)
Full Ticket: $195.00* incl. GST (non-partners)
* excludes Eventbrite & credit card fees

Register at: https://seqfbcfirescienceforum2020.eventbrite.com.au

Visit us at www.fireandbiodiversity.org.au

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Glenn Marshall of “The First Mariners”, who gave a presentation in 2019 ‘In the Wake of the First Australians’ to an event hosted by the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland and The Royal Society of Queensland, has sent an update about their bamboo raft voyage, researching how people first arrived in Australia 70,000 years ago.

“The construction of the Sangga Ndolu bamboo raft is in full swing on Timor (Rote), Departure will be around 1-3 Feb for Darwin. I write from the village of Oeseli, our idyllic launch base on the south-west coast of Rote Island. The raft platform is now complete, 80 pieces of 15-metre long bamboo lashed with several kilometres of palm fibre rope. We float it off its construction cradle on the high tide on 24/25 January.

Morale is great in the village (of Oeseli) with locals providing the workforce, accommodation and delicious fresh local food, plus of course two crew members being Ife and Daniel.

Research goals are on track – monitoring equipment for wind and currents are getting final testing and we are recording myriad other performance data. The crew is all in good health.

Feel free to send any queries or comments via email, WhatsApp or Facebook, we’d love to hear from you. You can follow progress via Facebook ‘The First Mariners’ and feel free to make a small donation via Go Fund Me ‘The First Mariners’.


Western Sydney University and the University of New England have set up a Citizen Science Project called the Dead Tree Detective.

The aim of the project is to collect observations of dead or dying trees around Australia. It sounds a bit grim, but knowing where and when trees have died will help us to work out what the cause is, identify trees that are vulnerable, and take steps to protect them.

This project will allow people Australia-wide to report observations of tree death. In the past, there have been many occurrences of large-scale tree death that were initially identified by concerned members of the public such as farmers, bushwalkers, bird watchers and landholders. Collecting these observations is an important way to monitor the health of trees and ecosystems.

Royal Society Member Ron Turner has produced a delightful e-book on the lighthouses of Australia. 18 lighthouses in Queensland are featured, each with an impressive photograph and a page of notes. The compilation will be an excellent companion for anyone visiting one of structures, each one a masterpiece of innovation.

It can be found at  www.esplash.me    Scroll down to the Featured Publications section where this eBook can be found together with articles relating to the authors’ sojourns at two Queensland lighthouses in recent years (Living at a Lighthouse) even a ‘History of Fraser NP’ and several other articles about that park.

Hosted and coordinated by the South East Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium, Bushfire 2016: Connecting Science, People and Practice was a national conference held on the 28 – 30th September 2016, at the University of Queensland, aimed at connecting fire scientists, ecologists and students with on-ground fire operators, land managers and other fire and environmental professionals.

Bushfire 2016 Program

Bushfire 2016 Outcomes Report

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