Students awarded scholarship to undertake cutting edge research

Students awarded scholarship to undertake cutting edge research

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29-Nov-2013

Students from the University of the Sunshine Coast are about to embark on cutting-edge fire related research projects thanks a scholarship awarded earlier this month by the South East Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium (‘the Consortium). 

The Student Scholarship Program, funded and administered by the Consortium, aims to provide financial assistance and research support to an honours, masters or PhD student undertaking research into applied fire ecology or fire management in the South East Queensland bioregion.

The Consortium also acknowledges the kind philanthropic donation from Fireland Consultancy towards the scholarship this year.

The scholarship assessment team noted that two applications were of a particularly high standard and therefore proposed that two scholarships be awarded this year, rather than just one.

Two Honours students will undertake research in fire ecology and management in South East Queensland, which will help build our understanding of fire ecology and best practice fire management.

Student Ross Waldron will undertake an Honours research project next year, comparing the impacts of wildfire and prescribed burning on woody understorey composition in a dry open forest, making use of valuable long-term fire history data

Student Brett Parker, also undertaking Honours next year, will look at remotely sensed burnt area analysis and validation. This project will use remote sensing techniques, geographic information systems and field validation methods to map the patchiness of fuel load and the extent and severity of fire on the Sunshine Coast.

Dr Samantha Lloyd, Manager of the Consortium is extremely pleased with this outcome.

“I am thrilled with the two projects we are supporting this year. Both students show the academic ability and determination required to successfully complete Honours and I am sure the outcomes will be of relevance and practical use to fire ecologists and fire managers in South East Queensland”, said Dr Lloyd.

Communication to the Consortium’s stakeholders will be delivered through various avenues throughout next year.

For further information on the successful projects, the scholarship program or on the South East Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium, please visit please visit: www.fireandbiodiversity.org.au.

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