National Biodiversity Month
1–30 September 2020
While the global pandemic has dominated our newsfeeds in 2020, another disaster has also been unfolding, driven by our changing climate and escalated by a spate of bushfires in late 2019.
Burning around 97,000 square kilometres of vegetation in southern and eastern Australia – home to at least 832 native animal species – the bushfires devastated local plant and wildlife.
This, together with a changing climate, means that more of Australia’s unique flora and fauna is under threat than ever before.
But there is hope.
UQ researchers are rising to the challenge, making a name for themselves nationally and internationally for their work in helping protect the world’s species from extinction.
Here are some of the projects currently underway.