Macquarie University awarded ARC Linkage funding for conservation research


Two Macquarie University research projects focused on protecting Australia’s natural ecosystems have secured grants totalling $805,908 in the Australian Research Council Linkage Projects scheme 2022 Round 1.

The scheme promotes national and international long-term strategic research partnerships between researchers and business, industry, community organisations and other publicly funded research agencies.

“The Linkage Projects scheme is a fantastic opportunity to collaborate for a shared objective and to use our research expertise to deliver solutions to real-world problems with world-changing impact. I congratulate all the Macquarie researchers for their continued commitment to solve these challenges”, says Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Sakkie Pretorius.

Professor Richard Shine in the University’s School of Natural Sciences, together with Minderoo Foundation Limited and Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions has been awarded $621,543 for his project Using cane toads to eradicate cane toads. Using recent discoveries about cannibalism in the invasive species, Professor Shine expects to generate new knowledge in invasion biology and amphibian development, with the ultimate aim of preserving native wildlife that is threatened by the cane toad invasion across much of tropical and subtropical Australia.

Associate Professor Jessica McLean in the School of Social Sciences will lead the project Storying and repairing water places in Wiradjuri Country, with $184,365 in Linkage funding. Together with Associate Professor Fiona Miller and collaborators at Western Sydney University, the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, and Mudgee Local Aboriginal Land Council, Professor McLean will use Aboriginal knowledges to story, repair and care for Wiradjuri Country in central west NSW. A key element of the project is on-Country Learning, which will bring collaborators, community members and local school students together on – and with – Country.

There were 81 projects funded in this round of the Linkage Projects scheme.





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