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University of Southern Queensland to join new national research hub

The University of Southern Queensland will play an important role in providing national leadership in studying threatened species as part of a new Australian research hub.

The Resilient Landscapes Hub is one of four new research hubs announced by the Federal Government, worth $47 million dollars over seven years, and is part of the second phase of the National Environmental Science Program (NESP).

Research priority areas for the next phase of NESP – worth $149 million in total – will tackle the most pressing environmental management and policy needs, with an emphasis on climate adaptation, threatened species, protected places, and waste impacts.

The hub will be hosted by the University of Western Australia and deliver national coverage through partnerships with the CSIRO and other tertiary research institutions, with researchers from the University of Southern Queensland leading threatened and invasive species research on farm.

Senior Research Fellow (Wildlife Management) Dr Ben Allen from USQ’s Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Systems said the University’s participation in the hub reflected a commitment to high-quality, applied environmental research in the agricultural regions of Queensland and beyond.

“Our involvement in the hub will build on our strong track record in delivering environmental science that really makes a difference to people on the ground operating in regional areas,” Dr Allen said.

“At USQ we’re involved in a wide variety of environmental research projects tackling invasive species and enhancing the recovery of threatened fauna, so the boost from this hub will really accelerate our on-the-ground research to produce even better outcomes on these important issues.

“I’m excited about the critical nexus between environment and agriculture, and this investment in nationally-relevant environmental research will really help build resilience in these amazing landscapes.”

A man walking in a field of grass.
Senior Research Fellow (Wildlife Management) Dr Ben Allen.