James Cook University will receive more than $2million in federal funding to undertake critical research that will, among other things, continue the careful and sustainable management of the Great Barrier Reef.
Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said James Cook University researchers at its Townsville and Cairns campuses will share in a total of $2.405m in grants through the Australian Research Council (ARC) to fund new research projects.
“JCU has a well established reputation for leading the way in marine science, and this additional funding will help continue to build that world-leading research capacity,” Senator Macdonald said.
“This funding will enable some of the north’s best researchers to continue to their ground-breaking work and add to the university’s extensive knowledge pool.”
Research grants include:
- Professor Joshua Cinner ($940,000) – to solve the global problem of unsustainable coral reef fisheries from ‘bright spots’ in reefs
- Professor Peter Cowman ($372,000) – to discover how evolutionary processes, biogeography and molecular change drive biodiversity patterns in coral
- Professor David Miller ($290,608) – to understand how animals can control their bacterial associates
- Professor Mark McCormick ($462,500) – to determine how reef degradation modifies predator-prey dynamics in fish communities and how parental changes may help species cope with habitat change
- Professor Alexandra Aikhenvald ($340,666) – to see associations between social and life-style differences and language structure.
Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham today announced funding of more than $400million for 989 new research projects across a number of Australian universities.
He said the new research, funded through the ARC’s National Competitive Grants Program, represented a significant investment in a wide variety of fundamental and applied research projects, growing the nation’s research capacity and infrastructure, and supporting the next generation of researchers.