Where did animals go when Queensland froze over?

According to current research, certain populations of forest frogs, lizards and birds in eastern Queensland were separated from larger, more extensive groups further south.

Using existing tissue collections in museums across Australia, Dr Paul Oliver and his team are trying to understand when and how this happened.

This project will:

  • Shed new light on how climate changes have shaped animal communities of eastern Queensland
  • Help us understand the extent to which areas such as Eungella (west of Mackay) may have acted for refugia from these changes
  • Build on Queensland Museum Network’s expertise in emerging genetic techniques and analysis
  • Support and train two undergraduate students to undertake and develop new skills in scientific research.