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.

Ron Turner, former Ranger-in-Charge at Cooloola National Park, with wife Yvonne, has written some thoroughly readable memoirs of his experiences. Take for example the charming e-book Living at a Lighthouse, chronicling sojourns at Bustard Head and Double Island Point lighthouses on Queensland’s central-south coast. This is available under Creative Commons BY 4.0 by generous permission of David Hibbert, of the central Victorian town of Alexandra and is an e-book published on his Artworkz website http://esplash.me/ .

Benefit-cost analysis (BCA, also called cost-benefit analysis) is a tool commonly used to estimate the economic consequences of a new project.  A development with a ratio greater than 1:1 is said to be economically worthwhile. However, the technique is really valid only for comparing two projects at the one time using an identical method, because estimates by different economists usually adopt different methods or assumptions.

Howard Guille has written an insightful explanation of benefit-cost analysis focused on the Toondah Harbour project, near Cleveland. The article is reproduced with the permission of the author and the Redlands 2030 community website.

This Bird of the Month is presented by Dr. William Feeney, a research fellow at the University of Queensland. The interactions between cuckoos and their hosts form part of Will’s current research.

The Fan-tailed Cuckoo (Cacomantis flabelliformis) is one of Australia’s ten brood parasitic cuckoos (eleven if you include the Oriental Cuckoo [Cuculus optatus]; though, this species does not breed in Australia) and is common throughout Queensland’s woodlands. It visually resembles the closely-related Brush (C. variolosus) and Chestnut-breasted (C. castaneiventris) Cuckoos, and can be distinguished from the Brush Cuckoo through the presence of its conspicuous yellow eye ring, and from the Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo through its noticeably duller breast colouration. The Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo is also restricted in its distribution to northern Queensland. While over 70 songbird species have been recorded to be parasitised by the Fan-tailed Cuckoo, 17 species are recognised as biological hosts but the majority of parasitism records are from the White-browed Scrubwren (Sericornis frontalis) as well as the Brown (Acanthiza pusilla) and Inland (A. apicalis) Thornbills Continue reading

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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