Koala Research Grant projects and recipients

Eight high quality scientific research projects were funded under the previous Koala Research Grant Program. The funded projects address different aspects of key research priority areas, focusing on koala diseases and other preventable causes of death, injury and illness in Queensland’s iconic koala population.

Under this initiative, a total of $3.13 million was provided over 4 years to fund the successful projects, with grants ranging from $182,000 to $656,000.

The anticipated research outcomes from the funded projects will help fill information gaps concerning preventable causes of koala disease and mortality, and will provide tangible outcomes to better inform koala management.

List of recipients and research projects selected for funding

  • Professor Hamish McCallum, Griffith University - $449,621 for the project titled: Modelling to assess the risk posed by disease to the viability of Queensland's koala populations.
  • Dr William Ellis, University of Queensland - $322,824 for the project titled: Pathways of pathogen transmission in the koala.
  • Dr Steve Johnson, University of Queensland - $655,875 for the project titled: The pathology incidence, treatment and management of Chlamydiosis in the male koala.
  • School of Veterinary Science, University of Queensland - $420,723 for the project titled: KoalaBase – standardised diagnostic procedures and epidemiological approaches, enhancing passive surveillance of SEQ koala disease.
  • Dr William Ellis, University of Queensland - $527,237 for the project titled: Behavioural and physiological adaptation to heat in the koala; and dynamics.
  • Dr Adam Polkinghorne, Queensland University of Technology - $227,946 for the project titled: Koala Chlamydia pecorum virulence profiling: tools to inform management of health and diseased koala populations.
  • Dr Greg Simmons, University of Queensland - $342,664 for the project titled: Investigation into koala retrovirus pathogenesis for the improvement of koala conservation.
  • Dr Wilhelmina Huston, Queensland University of Technology - $182,038 for the project titled: Development of a koala chlamydia specific therapy.