Tropical Forests and People Research Centre | UniSC | University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Tropical Forests and People Research Centre

Making better use of forest resources to improve livelihoods and the environment.
Project Tarsier

Reforestation for people biodiversity and climate

The Tarsier Project is a large-scale reforestation project providing research to address key knowledge gaps on how to implement reforestation at scale with communities for socioeconomic and environmental benefits.

Research areas

Indigenous forestry

To maintain and enhance the economic and bio-cultural values of Indigenous peoples’ forests, so that these forests continue to support Indigenous peoples’ livelihoods.


Forest restoration with communities

To enhance the outcomes of forest and landscape restoration with communities and smallholders.


Tree roots
Forest ecology

To enhance forest management by investigating the biological and environmental interactions that affect the way that forests function.


4WD driving through rainforest
Tropical silviculture

Research which explores post-logging recruitment of tree biodiversity and the potential role of underplanted seedlings and small scale nurseries for reforestation.




We collaborate with several research partners who are invaluable to our research.

Research members

Our members include social and biophysical scientists with expertise in forest restoration and rehabilitation, ecology, forest science, silviculture, hydrology, soil science, anthropology, livelihood systems, economics, supply chains, finance and policy.

Research students

We provide exciting and rewarding research opportunities for Higher Degree by Research students, early and mid-career researchers, research fellows and our collaborating partners.

You can contact key members by clicking on their profile.