Glossy black cockatoos are threatened in Queensland (status: Vulnerable) and one of the contributing factors is their reliance on a single genus as a food plant (Allocasuarina species). In collaboration with the Locker Valley Regional Council and Lockyer Valley Uplands Catchment Inc., this project will examine the post-drought regeneration of key habitat plants used by glossy black cockatoos. In the context of a changing climate, we will examine which Allocasuarina species are best suited to the future climates in Queensland. Results will be directly relevant to ongoing conservation efforts to protect glossy black cockatoos.

Skills involved: field work, data analysis using R, interpretation & scientific writing

Project members

Dr Annabel Smith

Lecturer in Wildlife Management
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences