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Research students

The Tropical Forests and People Research Centre are a group of researchers who are passionate about what they do and interested in exploring complex problems. The group bounce ideas off each other and are keen to find the best idea or solution in helping forest-dependant people make better use of their forest resources to improve livelihoods and the environment. The team work hard, but also ensure they have time to get to know each other outside of work.

If this is a team you would like to join as a staff member, student, volunteer or visitor then we are interested in hearing from you.

There are a number of ways you can be involved in our research work, including:

  • Receiving updates on project progress
  • Attending workshops and/or events held on Indigenous forestry
  • Becoming a potential partner
  • Becoming a research student with the group
  • Being a visiting scholar/student (spending a short period of time with the group working on different parts of the project - may include field work)
  • Volunteering
  • Community member feedback and participation
  • Government department representatives feedback and participation
  • Policy makers feedback and participation
  • Industry members feedback and participation
  • General ideas and feedback for group

Volunteer opportunities

We have a range of volunteering opportunities across our tropical forestry projects. If you are interested in volunteering with us please email with a copy of your CV and your area of interest.

Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students

Field-based projects in Philippines, PNG, North Queensland and K'gari Island in a wide range of areas related to improving the outcomes of reforestation and related to John's areas of expertise. Possible projects include the following:

  • Design of mixed species plantations
  • Forest dynamics of tropical and subtropical forests based on long term plot data from NQ and K'gari Island
  • Socio-economic assessment of reforestation programs
  • Carbon dynamics in tropical forests
  • Climate change policy related to tropical forests
  • Multidimensional reporting systems for the forests
  • Sapflow and water relations in tropical plantations
  • Nutrient cycling dynamics in tropical plantations
  • Impacts of plantations on soil properties

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The Tropical Forests and People Research Centre have a range of study and scholarship options.