Kevin and Robyn Jackson installed leaf litter traps and recording GPS locations. Photo by Shelley Gage
Cooloola Coastcare has two new casual employees who are assisting in a 22-country global climate change study in partnership with the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science at Lund University in Sweden.
Doctoral student, Bernice Hwang, is working with our two local research assistants from Goomboorian, Kevin Jackson and Shelley Gage, who are ably assisted by volunteer Robyn Jackson.
The study will help identify the impacts of climate change on forests. This study is timely with so many of Australia’s and the rest of the world’s forests burning with losses of ancient trees and habitat for wildlife in Australia, Africa, North and South America.
This research forms part of the diverse range of programs that the members of Coastcare Coastcare are engaged in that vary over time depending on the available resources and willing volunteers.
These projects range from scientific research, such as this global climate change, and past studies into Tin Can Inlet’s underwater biodiversity, to Citizen Science that engages the public, such as the Cooloola BioBlitz (tickets on sale now on the website for 20 – 22 March 20 – 22, 2020).
Then there is the very important advocacy, education, engagement and scientific communication to the public through events such as ‘Science in the Hall’, as well as hands-on works on the ground.