Science & research partners

We collaborate with leading researchers and engage community groups and science students to help with our studies.

Our active role in building networks encourages information, expertise and opportunities to be shared. 



The endangered Swift parrot as a model for managing small migratory birds.

Australian Research Council Linkage project led by Dr. Rob Heinsohn (Australian National University), studying movement patterns of the swift parrot.

Boom-bust dynamics in the arid zone.

Long-term research led by Prof. Chris Dickman and Assoc. Prof. Glenda Wardle (University of Sydney) to understand the influence of climate variability and species interactions on ecosystem functioning and resource use on Ethabuka and Cravens Peak reserves.

Ecology of Great Artesian Basin endemic invertebrates.

PhD candidate, Renee Rossini (University of Queenslandis studying environmental factors influencing the presence and abundance of the unique invertebrates inhabiting springs on Edgbaston Reserve.

Managing for biodiversity in boom and bust cycle environments.

Bush Heritage sponsored PhD candidate, Justin McCann (University of New South Wales) will work on Naree to understand the importance of river flows, the effects of introduced grazing species and the importance of Back Creek Swamp and Yantabulla wetland for waterbird populations.

Resource partitioning in honey possums and western pygmy possums. 

Honours student, Bianca Theyer (University of Western Australia) will look at critical habitat requirements of these species in the Fitz-Stirling section of Gondwana Link.

Charles Darwin Reserve Climate Change Observatory.

Partnership with the Conservation Council of Western Australia, led by Nic Dunlop, to study the longterm impacts of climate change on several ecological indicators at this important climate transition zone.

Mapping rainforest patches in the northern Kimberley.

PhD candidate, Stefania Ondei (University of Tasmania) is mapping the distribution of rainforest patches on Wunambal Gaambera land using remote sensing, historic aerial photo analysis, and ground assessment.

Regional occurrence and distribution of arboreal mammals in the Einasleigh Uplands.

Mammal ecologist, John Winter is surveying possums and gliders on Yourka Reserve as part of a regional study on population trends and distribution.

Macquarie perch – critical requirements for recovery.

PhD candidate, Prue McGuffie (University of Canberra) is studying the micro-habitat requirements, recruitment biology and the influence of flow on a threatened native fish, Macquarie perch, in the Murrumbidgee River, adjacent to Scottsdale Reserve in New South Wales.

Keystone effects of Australia’s top predators (dingoes, devils and biodiversity).

ARC Linkage project led by Dr Mike Letnic (UNSW) examining the role of dingoes in structuring ecosystems and sustaining biodiversity at Cravens Peak Reserve.

Weathering the perfect storm: mitigating the post-fire impacts of invasive predators on small desert vertebrates.

ARC Discovery project led by Prof Chris Dickman from USyd, examining the role of small stands of trees in providing refuge for small vertebrates from feral predators and testing novel methods of protecting them following wildfire.

Evolution of feral predator control on Charles Darwin Reserve. 

Collaboration with Earthwatch and Edith Cowan University’s Rob Davis and Tim Doherty to examine feral cat habitat use, impacts on native fauna and the effectiveness of baiting programs.

Restoring resilience in wildlife populations. 

ARC Linkage project led by Prof Menna Jones from UTAS to create an animal-centric approach to habitat restoration in the Tasmanian midlands, based on risk-sensitive foraging decisions by individual animals under predation pressure.

Ecology of the feral cat (Felis catus) in coastal heaths and mallee ecosystems of the south coast of WA.

Bush Heritage supported PhD candidate, Sarah Comer is studying the diet, resource use and impacts on native fauna of feral cats in fragmented and intact landscapes in south-west Western Australia.

Investigating the optimal density of large native herbivores for native biodiversity conservation in temperate grassland and grassy woodland communities.

Our Andyinc Foundation Environmental Scholarship holder, Brett Howland from ANU is completing his work on Nardoo Hills and Scottsdale reserves into macropod grazing and faunal communities.

Ecology of Gambusia at Edgbaston Springs.

Honours student, Nathan Clough (University of Canberra) will examine the breeding biology, diet and habitat use of the invasive fish Gambusia holbrooki, the primary threat to the endangered red-finned blue-eye fish.

Relationship between water ephemerality and animal biodiversity.

PhD candidate, Dana Vickers (University of New England) will be using Naree Station Reserve in her research on how water availability affects animal communities and how this is modified by feral cats.

Managing fire for nature conservation in subtropical woodlands.

Our Andyinc Foundation Environmental Scholarship holder, Emma Burgess from UQ, is examining the applicability of the ‘mosaic burning’ paradigm to vegetation structure and bird communities at the ‘meso-scale’ on Carnarvon Station Reserve.

When and how frequently should we burn a senescing landscape to safeguard against loss of species? 

Partnership with Dr. Ayesha Tulloch, formerly of UQ, now ANU to determine the extent, frequency and patterns of fire to maintain biodiversity in the kwongan shrublands of the Fitz-Stirling pathway in south-west Western Australia.

Fire regimes and their effects on vegetation at Charles Darwin Reserve.

Dr. Eddie van Etten and students from Edith Cowan University have been documenting patterns of fuel accumulation and plant species composition in different fire-age classes at Charles Darwin Reserve. This has been expanded recently to also examine bird species in relation to fire history

Pyroherbivory and the nexus between Aboriginal fire mosaics and kangaroos.

University of Tasmania PhD candidate, Angie Reid will work with Wunambal Gaambera rangers in the Kimberley to study the interaction between fire, grass productivity and kangaroo diversity and abundance

Recovery and supplementation of threatened Victorian orchids. 

We're working with Julie Whitfield from Amaryllis Environmental to monitor and increase the populations of rare and threatened orchids such as the robust greenhood and Stuart Mill spider-orchid on Nardoo Hills and JC Griffin reserves.

Searching for the elusive marsupial mole.

In partnership with Joe Benshemesh from La Trobe University and the Birriliburu rangers, we're undertaking surveys in the Little Sandy Desert for the elusive northern marsupial mole.

Malleefowl nest mound discovery and monitoring.

Long-term partnership with the Northern Malleefowl Protection Group to search for malleefowl mounds and conduct annual monitoring of mound activity at Eurardy and Charles Darwin reserves, Western Australia.

Establishing a new population of the vulnerable striped legless lizard on Scottsdale Reserve.

Working with Brett Howland from ANU, we are salvaging individuals from a development site and relocating them to grassland on Scottsdale Reserve.

Re-introduction of threatened mammals onto Bush Heritage properties.

Building on an existing partnership with Arid Recovery developed through the South Australian Rangelands Alliance, we will seek to release threatened critical weight range mammals onto Bon Bon and Boolcoomatta reserves.

Effectiveness of grassy box woodland restoration at Scottsdale Reserve.

The methods and outcomes of a large-scale revegetation project to restore 300 hectares of grassy box woodlands is being monitored and evaluated by Dr. David Fruedenberger and students from ANU.

Principles and Standards for Ecological Restoration and Rehabilitation in Australia.

Participation in development of national standards for revegetation and restoration being led by the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia.

Periodic flora and fauna surveys

The Field Naturalists Society of SA undertakes surveys with us on Boolcoomatta. 

Bi-annual (autumn and spring) bird surveys

The Canberra Ornithologists Group conducts surveys across all K2C partnership properties, including Scottsdale (NSW). 

Flora of Great Artesian Basin springs

Rod Fensham (University of Queensland) leads ongoing survey, description and inventory of flora associated with springs and evaluating grazing impacts on Ethabuke and Cravens Peak.

Baseline monitoring, paeleonology, archaeology, flora and fauna surveys

Royal Geographical Society of Queensland partners with us for this work on Ethabuka and Cravens Peak reserves.

Various ongoing monitoring, survey and management activities.

Friends of Grasslands work with us at Scottsdale Reserve (NSW).

Page Last Updated: Thursday 7 January 2016