Finding scientific information
This site is dedicated primarily to showcasing the information generated by member societies, although it also includes various other materials of general public interest.
Don’t forget to search your local library. All public libraries nowadays have powerful search engines. To search multiple libraries, try Trove, 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.
Below is a searchable list of all information resources posted to this site.
Although the primary purpose of this website is to showcase the activities of non-government scientific societies, one page has been reserved for links to sites and resources of the Queensland and national governments.
The Queensland Government has an “open access” policy which means that in principle, all non-confidential material is available to the public free or for the cost only of reproduction. The Government’s “Current Publications Search Engine” is a central point of access for gazettes, scientific and annual reports, current departmental strategies, etc.
The Library catalogue of the Departments of Science, Environment etc. Among many other resources, this catalogue indexes scientific papers published by officers of the public service in their professional capacities.The Department of Environment and Science site offers entry to a wide range of resources, including:
- the Queensland Science Capability Directory which indexes the State’s research centres, institutes, facilities, research hospitals, precincts, laboratories and other research organisations.
The Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist is an entity of the Department. It offers:
- Past editions of the Newsletter of the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist
- Educational resources.
WildNet is a corporate application for wildlife and reserve information managed by the Department of Environment and Science that is also accessible to staff with several government agencies. The information managed within WildNet includes species nomenclature, status, species notes, species lists, survey data, wildlife records, images, documents and maps. Metadata from relevant articles from the Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland are being incorporated within WildNet with links to the associated species and reserves. Information from WildNet is accessible via a number of internet applications including Species lists, Species profile search, Qld wildlife data API, WetlandMaps and WetlandSummary.
Resource Planning Guidelines
From c.1995-2006 the Department of Natural Resources published a series of Resource Planning Guidelines that are no longer readily accessible . Some of these documents have enduring value and are posted here, though only in their original form – legislation and policy has in many cases changed substantially since then. These papers are copyright to the Queensland Government.
E3 Strategic Data Capture Plan, a list of the data sets required to form prudent decisions about the use of land and natural resources, with explanations.
E51 Benefit/Cost of Land Resource Assessment: The Leichhardt Downs (Burdekin) Study, an economic analysis of the value of coordinated land resource assessment, demonstrating a benefit cost ratio of more than 50 to 1, primarily on account of avoided errors.
The Long Paddock is a Queensland Government portal that has provided climate and pasture information to the grazing community since 1995. The site provides access to rainfall and pasture outlooks and decision support tools to support land management decision making and planning for landholders, educators, consultants and extension officers.
CRC for Greenhouse Accounting archive at National Library of Australia, a “lost classic”.
A useful index to materials to help with the identification of weeds was published by Moreton Bay Regional Council in its Voluntary Conservation Programs Update Newsletter of May 2020. Thanks to Council for permission to republish this index here. Click on the image above to bring up a PDF that contains the hotlinks to the various resources identified.Online_weed_guide
The past two centuries of history and loss of shellfish reefs in South-east Queensland have been chronicled in a scientific paper co-authored by Dr Ben Diggles, a member of The Royal Society Of Queensland. View pdf file.
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.
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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.
In June 2019, the SEQ Fire and Biodiversity Consortium held its 20-year anniversary celebration, at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Toowong. With the theme Fire, Research and Partnerships, this forum showcased projects and programs that highlight the value of partnerships and longevity in applied fire ecology and on-ground management. Consistent with the long-standing objective of the Consortium, there was a focus on translating science into practice, including student projects.
Algal blooms were evident in the lower Pumicestone Passage and on Bribie Island beaches late in October 2019. This media report aims to dispel some myths that these phenomena are “natural” events without human influence. A potential solution (constructed wetlands to alleviate stormwater impacts) is flagged. Sewage is also a major contributor to phosphorus pollution in Moreton Bay. The aquatic systems are under stress: these warning signs need to be heeded.
A Sustainable Queensland Forum – Royal Society of Queensland symposium
Rural producers, natural resource managers and conservation managers face a
constantly changing set of climatic and human influences. Traditional land
production systems and environmental management are under pressure. New
approaches to production and natural resource management are required in
the face of government financial resource and capacity constraints, as well as
the intensifying environmental challenges. Download full summary here.