Queensland's Citizen Science Hub


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.

The Royal Society of Queensland proposes to publish a Special Issue of its venerable Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland on the springs of the Great Artesian Basin late in 2019.

People with knowledge to share are warmly invited to contact the Guest Editor. An author does not need to be a credentialled scientist: contributions from naturalists, landholders and Indigenous people are also invited. Further details are available on the Society’s website.

From Arnhem Land Expedition 1948 to 2018 – A life’s work

With editorial assistance from Royal Society of Queensland member Dr David Doley, Life Member Prof Ray Specht has compiled Ray Specht – A Retrospective including a bibliography of some of his published work – more than 220 citations! This overview is a thoroughly fascinating chronology of 70 years of curiosity-led investigation – a history, a memoir, an encapsulation of an immense volume of botanical scholarship, and an index to a lifetime of public interest research, all wrapped into one readable paper. Teachers: use this paper to inspire your students into a scientific vocation.

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The Rainbow Beach based BioBlitz lured 15 experienced scientists and about 80 keen volunteers to scan the sky and treetops, shake branches and grasses over August 24 to 26 to discover the unknown species of pants animals, birds and fish.  But the issue that has grabbed national and international media attention has been the discovery of a variety of miniscule invertebrates from moths to spiders.

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This article briefly explains the value of estuaries and the threats they are facing.

Estuaries – A Primer

Estuaries – once the world’s powerhouse of productivity – are now predominantly the habitat of humans.  Yes, the world’s most productive ecosystems are where tide meets freshwater, a mixing zone of biodiversity and food – of diatoms, phytoplankton, birds, fish and prawns.

Unfortunately globally, these are also now the most trashed systems.  Humans love to live near water, and here in Australia the vast majority of us crowd the coast and fill, drain, divert, dam and occupy what were once our estuaries. Continue reading

This Discussion Paper unpicks ‘sustainability’ in Queensland’s rangelands – the unimproved land used primarily for grazing sheep and cattle. It proposes a remedy for financial distress and unsustainable landscape management. The paper is a submission to the Royal Society of Queensland and is open for public comment. The Society may publish thoughtful critical responses on its website.

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