Rainforests are extraordinary places that are held together by an invisible network that we rarely notice – a web of activity generated by thousands of species of plants, animals and insects.

Biodiversity is essential to the survival of all species, which is why Queensland Museum Network researchers are quantifying, managing and conserving biodiversity hotspots and refugia in Australia’s subtropical rainforests.

This three-year project (commencing July 2020) will look at the climate’s impact on biodiversity.

The research aims to:

  • Identify hotspots of localized diversity in subtropical rainforest species from eastern Queensland.
  • Understand and test if responses to climatic change differ across rainforest species and varying ecologies.
  • Identify potential safe havens for biodiversity under future models of climatic change.

Project DIG will use advanced modelling technology to model distributions and map patterns of diversity, building Queensland Museum’s expertise and knowledge in processing and analyzing modern genomic datasets.

This research is led by Queensland Museum Network’s Dr Paul Oliver in collaboration with Queensland Herbarium, Griffith University and South Australian Museum.

New links between Queensland Museum Network and Queensland Herbarium will ensure that scientific discoveries are directly translated into improved management planning. This will directly inform future conservation actions in the face of emerging challenges such as fire.