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Last updated: Nov 13, 2015

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Research maps thunderstorm ‘hotspots’

UQ scores a double in popular top-100

GPEM scholarship winner receives outstanding outreach award

UQ Geography, Planning and Environmental Management PhD student, and ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions top-up scholarship recipient Marie Dade has recently been awarded a NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Outstanding Outreach...

Global habitat loss still rampant across much of the Earth

Great employment prospects for graduating UQ OHS class

University of Queensland graduands Koshiv Niranjan and Gillian Smith are among the highly employable new faces set to deliver safer and healthier working conditions for the Australian workforce.

Fossils and chemical dyes add science into Christmas

University of Queensland scientific students and staff are revealing the hidden beauty of microfossils, pollen and chemistry in a festive way, just in time for Christmas.  PhD stud...

World Habitat Day photo winner on cloud nine

A stunning image of a Cape Verde house in the clouds atop the Atlantic Ocean island republic near Africa, has won the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management’s (GPEM)

Accelerated level of climate change impacting ecological processes

Four environmental reasons why fast-tracking the Carmichael coal mine is a bad idea

New program aims to reduce preventable deaths

Returning home from work safely is something employees often take for granted

GPEM ‘s Associate Professor James Watson explains Why our Wilderness Matters in Time magazine

UQ and NASA team up to study Great Barrier Reef

Last-chance tourism on the Great Barrier Reef

Tourists are travelling to the Great Ba...

Importance of alpine carbon recognised for climate change policy

The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has showcased a University of Queensland study highlighting the value of carbon sequestered by high mountain e...

Moreton Bay named a Hope Spot in Mission Blue initiative

Moreton Bay Marine Park

'Catastrophic' loss of 10pc of wilderness across the world over past two decades

UQ researcher leads women in transport leadership project

Dr Derlie Mateo-Babiano is leading a project designed to combat the fact that women across the world are persistently disadvantaged by transportation systems.

Human impact on the world slows despite population growth

Guns, nets and bulldozers driving species loss

Stopping land clearing and replanting trees could help keep Australia cool in a warmer future

Schools invited to participate online in live events with earthquake and tsunami researchers

Does your school want to access leading scientific opinions about the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Indian Ocean communities in 2004, killing more than 250,000 people?

Australia needs better policy to end the alarming increase in land clearing

Remote Sensing on Show at UQ Open Day

Remote sensing was featured as part of the recent Faculty of Science STEM precinct displays at UQ Open Day. Several scans of the room and visitors were taken using the LiDAR by GPEM PhD Candidate Sabrina Wu.   These scans have...

GPEM researchers glean high-resolution information about Australia’s past climate

University of Queensland scientists and their colleagues are increasing knowledge of Australia’s climate over the past 15,000 years in tropical, water-limited environments. PhD student

UQ planning programs confirmed for their quality

Environmental decision-making researcher chosen as a Eureka finalist

University of Queensland researcher Dr Eve McDonald-Madden has been selected as a finalist in the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes for he...

Local students experience geography and the environment at UQ

Students from South-East Queensland high schools have experienced university for a day through hands-on topics in geography, planning and environmental management at The University of Queensland’s annual

Restoring tree cover has climate benefits

A new University of Queensland study predicts benefits from converting economically poorly-performing agricultural lands to savannah (grassy) woodlands in Australia if the climate becomes hotter and drier due to global warming.

Koalas are feeling the heat, and we need to make some tough choices to save our furry friends

Two year UQ masters aims to produce next generation safety specialists

Top planning students recognised at PIA ceremony

Outstanding University of Queensland planning students have been honoured in front of family, friends, and planning professionals at a recent Queensland Parliament House ceremony.  

Bring climate change back from the future

UQ helps protect Malaysia’s marine life

Finally a mining waste which benefits the planet

 In good news for the planet on World Environment Day, Dr Talitha Santini from The University of Queensland (UQ) has found that soil loss and mining waste can be compatible. Research being completed by Dr Talith...

GPEM academics expand ties with partners in China

A week-long visit in May this year by GPEM senior academics to top-tier universities in China has resulted in several exciting collaborative opportunities.

Twitter offers trusty town planning tips

A University of Queensland graduate has harnessed Twitter to develop software that could help town planners design new urban areas.

New methods developed to assess climate model predictions

Evaluating the predictions associated with climate change just became easier,

Cultivating the next generation of geographers

Senior students from Stuartholme Girls School worked to solve Brisbane’s transport challenges this week in a workshop run by GPEM's Laurel Johnson.

GPEM researchers celebrate success in ARC Linkage Projects round

School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management researchers will pair with industry partners on projects ranging from parking, to koalas, to climate change in the Pacific in the latest Australian...

EcoCheck: can the Brigalow Belt bounce back?

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GPEM graduate to present at IUCN World Conservation Congress

GPEM alumnus, Jessica Holz, will be showcasing some of Brisbane’s green innovations to the world this September.

Cocky count: how Perth’s ‘green’ growth plan could wipe out WA’s best-loved bird

Associate Professor Martine Maron discusses the threat of urban growth to Western Australia's much-loved Carnaby's black cockatoo.

Conservation silver bullet: UQ author involved in global study of conservation intervention

A new global assessment has found major benefits to biodiversity when invasive mammals are removed from islands. Dr Karl Campbell, an honorary senior fellow of UQ’s

Managing precious water resources a focus for new GPEM researcher

A researcher who is developing new approaches to water resource management in Australia and China has joined the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management. Associate Professor Yongping Wei is an Australian Research Council...

Four GPEM researchers land Early Career Researcher Grants

Income inequality, routine human movement, the role of cities and sustainable transport planning are among topics to be studied by School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management researchers in t...

Applications now open for UQ Winter Research Program

Fire-chaser wins national prize

Conference looks at huge challenges associated with data from drones

Drone technology and data issues associated with it will come under the spotlight at a major conference at UQ.

‘Like second-hand smoke’: Worst emitters least affected by climate change

Global climate change resembles a room of second-hand smoke, new research has found, with countries emitting the least amount of gasses suffering the most.   The study by The University of Queensland and the

UQ research underpins global increase in quality of protected areas

The number of well-managed protected areas in the world looks set to increase, thanks to University of Queensland research to foster global conservation.   UQ School of Geography Planning and Environmental Management&r...

New technology used to understand health status of Great Barrier Reef

GPEM scientists are taking a leaf out of tourists’ books, photographing the Great Barrier Reef from every angle as part of a pilot project to determine the health of Australia’s iconic natural asset. Using the latest technology...

GPEM interview in National Geographic: Some Species Will Actually Thrive on a Warming Planet

UQ School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management’s James Watson comments on the effects of climate change on different wildlife.

GPEM staff member involved in successful UniDive sponsorship

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service is providing $5000 sponsorship to UniDive (the University of Queensland Underwater Club), to help trained volunteer divers conduct studies of the marine flora and fauna at Moreton Bay Marine Park dive sit...

GPEM researchers share in funding success

A diverse range of projects from researchers in UQ’s School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management has attracted combined funding of $852,960 in the latest Australian Research Council (ARC) round. A successful...

GPEM alumnus working with U.N. in Thailand

Former student in the UQ School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management Duncan Munro is currently undertaking an internship with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), in Bangkok, Thailand.

Student awarded for industry placement work to help spotted tail quoll

The Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland (WPSQ) has presented the inaugural Holly Bryant award to final-year University of Queensland Bachelor of Environmental Management student, Kate Brodie.

Symmetrical Spanish square wins GPEM World Habitat Day 2015 photo competition

A stunning black and white image of Madrid’s central square, the Plaza Mayor, has won the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management’s World Habitat Day 2015 Photo Competition.

PETRONAS provides scholarships for UQ health and safety students

Making workplaces safer is high on the priority list for four Malaysian students studying occupational health and safety science at The University of Queensland.

Respected industry professional appointed new Planner in Residence

An experienced industry planner who played a major role in developing the Gold Coast Light Rail project has been announced as the Planner in Residence in UQ’s School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management. UQ Pla...

UQ FREA award to GPEM environmental decision scientist

A project which aims to detect system responses to climate change that are not as predicted by current climate science has attracted a UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award. Senior Lecturer and ARC DECRA Fellow

High school students look to a sustainable future at UQ’s Geography and Environment Day

Students from local schools have assessed the sustainability of urban communities, calculated their ecological footprint and explored coral reefs from space at The University of Queensland’s annual

Scientists see risks in biodiversity offsets misuse

Shenhua mine: the federal government could have chosen farming over coal

GPEM researcher leads successful ARC Linkage Project

Shorebirds, renewable fuels and fisheries will all benefit from successful bids by UQ Faculty of Science researchers in the latest round of

Controversial Watermark coal mine approved for NSW: experts respond

Citizen Scientists win awards for assessment of Point Lookout's Reefs

GPEM students gain industry experience

The School of GPEM offers a variety of opportunities for our students and industry to engage through practicums, placements, industry research projects, and work experience. In Semester 2 2015 students will work on projects from impr...

From silos to cycles: life cycle thinking

As part of an ongoing initiative to enhance learning around Life Cycle Assessment, Industrial Ecology and the Circular Economy, students from the School of GPEM held a poster session and presentation on their Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) projects on ...

Indonesia field course improves knowledge of issues facing our northern neighbour

Thirty University of Queensland students will gain first-hand experience of development issues in Indonesia through an eight-day field trip offered for the first time in July 2015. Exploring development complexities (PLAN3200) is a new int...

UQ prepares for planning accreditation process

The School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management will host a two-day visit from a Planning Institute of Australia accreditation comm...

WWF fires a warning shot over Australia’s land-clearing record

Land clearing in Queensland triples after policy ping pong

GPEM strengthens focus on health, safety and environment

UQ’s Occupational Health and Safety Science Bachelor and Masters programs have a new home in our School. Senior lecturer in Occupational Health and Safety Science Cassie Madigan said the relocation reflected what was happening in the w...

Disappearing lakes stoke megafauna debate

UQ researchers gather to improve transport

UQ researchers are working to improve transport through stronger collaboration with government and industry decision-makers in the transportation sector. Researchers from the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management and t...

Modern technology monitors World Heritage forests

GPEM welcomes new Head of School

Professor Jonathan Aitchison has been appointed as the new Head of the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, bringing expertise in geosciences and management experience to the role.

Fighting fire with science

UQ Planning Research Journal

This journal provides a synopsis of research projects conducted by the 2014 graduating class of The University of Queensland's Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning degree. The UQ program focuses on sustainability with key planning elements...

Professor Marc Hockings leads project to highlight well-managed protected areas

Storm chasers use powerful new radar in bid to understand summer tempests

UniDive PLEA launches book 'Straddie, Flora and Fauna of Point Lookout Dive sites'

Volunteers from The University of Queensland’s underwater club, UniDive, have conducted an ecological assessment of the Point Lookout Dive sites on North Stradbroke Island to compare results with a 2001 survey and monitor the health of the a...

Deforestation not always bad news for wetlands

Deforestation is both a boon and a bane for wetlands, according to new research by The University of Queensland.

Top student planning award recognises social equity project

A Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning graduate from The University of Queensland (UQ) has won the Outstanding Student Project – University category in the Queensland-wide Planning Institute of Australia’s (PIA) 2014

GPEM secures $1.3 million in ARC Discovery Grants

School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management researchers will investigate social and environmental issues at both the micro and macro scale after successfully securing over $1.3 million in the current Australian Research Council 2015 D...

Passion and purpose recognised with international appointment

Environmental Management student Alfred Wreh credits the quality of his experience at GPEM as a contributing factor in his election to an international ecological board. The UQ Master of Environmental Management student was one of only thirt...

Tiny fraction of military money could save global diversity

Like eating fish? It’s time to start caring where it comes from

Incubating global sustainability

Transitioning away from our take-make-dispose economy will lead to greater global sustainability said

GPEM 'Stands with the Pacific'

The School of GPEM, in collaboration with the UQ South Pacific Islander Association, hosted a 'Stand with the Pacific' event this week to raise awareness of the impacts of climate change in Pacific Island nations. Special guests include...

Winning entries in the School of GPEM World Habitat Day 2014 Photo Competition

The winners of GPEM's World Habitat Day 2014 Photo Competition were announced on Tuesday. World Habitat Day, held on the first Monday of October each year, is a chance to reflect on the state of urban settlements in Australia and a...

Rivers and reefs researcher joins GPEM

Associate Professor Jacky Croke, Chief Investigator of the ARC’s ‘The Big Flood: Will it happen again?’ Linkage project, has joined the School of Geography, Planni...

GPEM researcher elected head of global conservation society

GPEM student presents to Federal Parliament

Bachelor of Environmental Management student Van Minh (Kevin) Ngo has represented UQ research at Parliament House in Canberra as part of the Posters in Parliament exhibition. Posters in Parliame...

Tackling environmental challenges by bridging traditional boundaries

A/Prof Bob Beeton to Chair an Expert Scientific Panel review of Commonwealth Marine Reserves

UQ planning students engage with industry

UQ’s undergraduate and postgraduate planning students, the Organisation of Planning Students (OOPS), warmly welcomed Brisbane’s industry leaders to the annual OOPS Careers Night on Thursday 21 August 2014....

New Professor of Planning to strengthen UQ’s transport research focus

The appointment of Professor Neil Sipe as the new Director of the Planning Program in the School of GPEM, will further strengthen UQ’s expertise in transport research. ...

UQ SMART and CarbonGame win Vice-Chancellor’s Internationalisation Award

Dr Paul Dargusch and the UQ SMART and CarbonGame team have won the ‘Internationalisation: Programs, Projects and Services...

Sustainable Life Cycle Assesments on show for UQ’s Sustainability Week

As part of UQ’s Sustainability Week, held from 18 to 22 August 2014, research students and staff from the School of GPEM held a poster session and presentation on their Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) projects.

Dr Martine Maron awarded ARC Future Fellowship

GPEM’s Dr Martine Maron is one of 16 UQ researchers...

GPEM’s new UQ Research Fellow prioritises conservation decision-making

Award-winning marine conservation planner Dr Carissa Klein has joined the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management. The University of Queensland Postdoctoral Research ...

Fellowship recognises future research leader

Dr Sonia Roitman has been selected as one of twenty World Social Science Fellows who have been recognised as addressing global problems for low and middle income countries.

Climate change not so global

Study grapples with ocean climate stress challenge

High flyer researcher participates in Climate Challenges Think Tank

GPEM’s Dr Anthony Halog was among 60 Australian early- and mid-career researchers who took part in the 2014 Theo Murphy High Flyers Think Tank in Climate Change Challenges to Health. The Australian Academ...

Antarctic lakes theory dries up

Bangkok strategists turn to UQ for city planning tips

GPEM student takes the UQ Advantage to Japan

Master of Environmental Management student, Mr Julio Vargas, used a UQ Advantage Grant to attend the Fourth Asian Conference on Sustainability, Energy and the Environment from 12-15 June 2014 in Osaka, Japan. This was his first opportunity t...

Planning gift unveiled

A gift of two historic framed planning exhibits - one of which is the first town plan in Queensland - has been presented to the School of GPEM by Adjunct Professor Victor Feros. The exhibits, which include copy of the Mackay town p...

Outstanding essay lifts bar for Borrie Prize

GPEM PhD student Aude Bernard has been awarded the 2013 Borrie Prize for the best postgraduate essay on a population topic at an Australian university.

Students receive Town Planning Minister’s awards

Several UQ Planning students were recognised at the 28th Queensland Awards for Planning Excellence at Parliament House on Monday 12 May 2014. Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning student Daniel Martiri w...

Captive elephants in Laos face extinction

The captive elephant population in Laos will be extinct in just over a century if current management practices do not change, a University of Queensland study has found. It is estimated that only 480 captive elephants remain across Laos, and...

Outstanding GPEM researcher recognised with Dean’s Award

GPEM’s Dr Francisco Rowe has received a 2013 Dean’s Award for Research Higher Degree Excellence...

UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellowships - applications now open

Applications for the UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellowships and

Is humankind driving mass extinction? - ABC podcast featuring Dr Patrick Moss

What causes more extinctions - cataclysmic events or humans? People are fascinated by things that go “boom” and we typically associate extinctions of the past with cataclysmic occurrences like volcanic eruptions and asteroid impa...

Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Climate Change Initiative joins GPEM

Associate Professor James Watson has joined the School of GPEM on a joint appointment with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). He will continue as the Director of the WCS’s Climate Chan...

GPEM Head of School Position Available

UQ Planning students win national planning award for community hub

A group of UQ Planning students have won the Planning Institute of Australia’s national award for Outstanding Student Project for their redesign of a community hub as part of a regional plan. Jessica Cran...

GPEM Professor and Lecturer Positions Available

UQ ranks 11 in Environmental Science, 26 in Geography in QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014

Dr Anthony Halog awarded UQ-Indonesia Partnership Award (UQIPA)

Dr Anthony Halog from the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management has received a UQ-Indonesia Partnership Award (UQIPA). The award is intended to establish long-term collaborations with Indonesian institutions to promote circular ...

GPEM welcomes new lecturer in Environmental Management and Mining

The School of GPEM has welcomed a new lecturer in Environmental Management and Mining to develop this field of research and teaching at UQ.

GPEM's storm-chaser is in his element

Joshua Soderholm loves a good thunder storm. It means he can head into the field and collect data for a University of Queensland research project that could lead to more accurate warnings of South East ...

Vote now for your favourite UQ researchers in the Bommies Award

Several UQ researchers have been shortlisted for the Great Barrier Reef Foundation's 2013 Bommies Award. This award recognizes and encourages young researchers with great science communication skills to b...

GPEM expert shares view at UN funded workshop

GPEM’s Associate Professor John Minnery recently gave the keynote presentation at a UN funded workshop in Bangkok as part of the international

GPEM student contributes to ethical debate

School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management PhD student Kelsey Lowe was part of a team of UQ undergraduate and postgraduate students which came second in the inaugural Australian Archaeological Association (AAA) Student Ethics Debate ...

Dr Sébastien Darchen receives French Research Fellowship

Dr Sébastien Darchen from the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management is currently in France undertaking a research fellowship with LABEX Urban Futures at Université Paris-Est.

Graduating class of 2013

The School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management (GPEM) will today farewell more than 180 students in the graduating class of 2013. The students have been a valuable part of the GPEM community thr...

GPEM welcomes visiting graduate

The School of GPEM is hosting a graduate, now lecturer at Diponegoro University, for four weeks during the collaborative development of a joint research project. Mr Agung Sugiri completed a Master of Plan...

China embraces UQ’s CarbonGame

GPEM Teaching Awards 2013

To recognise the efforts and achievements in teaching across the year, GPEM’s Teaching & Learning committee created a series of awards to raise the profile of teaching in the School. The awards were p...

UQ Planning students win PIA Qld Award for Planning Excellence

A group of fourth year Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning students from The University of Queensland have won a Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) Queensland Award for Planning Excellence. The students r...

Planning Studio Opening - Wed 13 Nov

Applications open for Visiting Fellow in Planning at UQ

 Applications are now open for a Visiting Fellow in Planning position in the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, University of Queensland, Australia.  The Visiting Fellow is an opportunity for an academic ...

GPEM student investigates 'bird wreck'

Winning entries in the World Habitat Day 2013 Photo Competition

The winners of GPEM's World Habitat Day 2013 Photo Competition were announced today. World Habitat Day, held on the first Monday of October each year, is a chance to reflect on the state of urban settlements in Australia and a...

Applications open for Visiting Fellow in Geography at UQ

Applications are now open for a Visiting Fellow in Geography position in the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management.  The Visiting Fellow is an opportunity for an academic or researcher to pl...

Developing resilience to climate change

GPEM’s Dr Karen McNamara has taken part in a ‘Resilience Academy’, spending a week in Bangladesh working with global climate change adaptation scientists on livelihood resilience.  The Resilience Academy has allowed ...

School of GPEM leading research at UQ

The University of Queensland has announced its top 30 research strengths, acknowledging the School of GPEM as a leader in

2013 OOPS Industry Night

Undergraduate and Postgraduate town planning students welcomed industry leaders to the annual Organisation of Planning Students (OOPS) Industry Night on Thursday 8 August. The President of OOPS, Heidi Duncan, said “Industry...

Valuing Indigenous Knowledge for Climate Change Adaptation Planning in Fiji and Vanuatu

By Karen Elizabeth McNamara [a] and Shirleen Shomila Prasad [b] Reproduced from UNU Traditional Knowledge Initiative    

GPEM PHD student attends course on upland watershed management

GPEM PHD student, Adrian Ward, was selcted from 250 applicants to attend a UN course on upland (mountain) watershed management.  He is currently in Italy participating in the program The IPROMO programme was conceived...

Strategic planning proposals for Browns Plains

The Browns Plains centre in Logan City faces many challenges. It is difficult to walk around and hard to access. Its shops and offices are disconnected from each other. It is divided by major roads that carry large traffic volumes. It is dominated...

Malicious hoax calls and suspicious fires: An examination of their spatial and temporal dynamics

ISIE Experience

My experience attending ISIE in Ulsan, South Korea was both eye opening and informative. This was my first time at an academic conference and I was eager to hear many presentations, meet new people and if possible establish academic or professional ...

UQ’s Summer Research Program opens door to global conference

 UQ student Penny Milton never expected to end up in Amsterdam presenting at an international conference just...

Mines 'May be judged by Koalas'

The performance of Australia’s mining industry in restoring the native landscape could one day be judged by …. koalas.   Everyone has heard of kangaroo courts – but new research suggests that, at least i...

Doha’s role in mediating relationships between regional political and economic players

International media reported that the Afghani Taliban has engaged in a dialogue with the US Governm...

Geography and Environmental Science at UQ in global top 50

In the latest QS World University Subject Rankings The University of Queensland received a ranking of 9 for Environmental Sciences and 34 for Geography. ...

Australian researcher to play role in Polish-Norwegian national parks study

An international research consortium, involving an Australian researcher, aims to improve national park governance and landscape protection systems in Poland and Norway, thanks to a prestigious $1.2 million European grant.  The c...

Building cities is a serious game for planning students

The educational use of the popular game has helped the students to grasp some of the problems that will face them as professional planners.

New study in to understanding how people view environmental issues

    Researchers at The University of Queensland, in conjunction with CSIRO’s Climate Change Adaptation Flagship, are investigating people’s responses to environmental communication, particularly in the cas...

Prestigious Rotary Scholarship Brings Student to GPEM

Prestigious Rotary scholarship winner Michael Ahillen has managed to turn his hobbies into research.

Living Laboratories

Students at The University of Queensland (UQ) will take their learning outside the classroom with a new Living Laboratories initiative. The concept aims to connect UQ sustainability projects with teaching to provide real examples for stude...

GPEM's Dr Anthony Halog receives Research Fellowship to Japan

UQ’s Dr Anthony Halog was awarded an Invited Research Fellowship to Japan by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).

Top student wins prized fieldwork experience

“The fieldwork highlighted many of the challenges of trying to protect such a remote yet open ecological system,” Ms Kankkunen said. “The trip was a great reminder of how diverse an environmental manager role can be and why I wanted to get involved in this profession.”

Environmental requirements put pressure on businesses in developing economies

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are struggling to deal with the pressures of adapting to environmental legislations, particularly in South East Asia, according to a new paper

Australia's coastal wetlands 'need room to move'

As sea levels climb, Australia’s coastal wetlands will be increasingly trapped between urban development on land and the rising ocean, imperilling the survival of their unique plants, birds and fish, leading ecologists warned today.

Recent visiting fellow in geography, Allen Gontz, writes about his time in Australia

New study sheds light on the disappearance of pre-historic culture

A new study has shed light on the disappearance of a pre-historic culture, predating present day aboriginal inhabitants.   Researchers from The Uni...

UQ tree planting scheme to protect an endangered ecosystem

The University of Queensland has planted more than 2,000 trees at the Gatton campus in a project that will help to protect a critically endangered ecosystem and offset UQ's carbon footprint.  The planting took place on Wednesday,...

Success for UQ sustainability program

The University of Queensland's Sustainable Management Alliance in Research and Teaching, SMART, program has received an award for Outstanding Excellence in Collaboration.  The award was presented at the recent Business Higher Edu...

Morton Bay Research Station open house

On the last Saturday in November, several hundred members of the North Stradbroke Island community filled the University of Queensland (UQ) Moreton Bay Research Station (MBRS) during an open house designed to showcase the field work underway by...

New partnership supports LEC koala research

Researchers from the University of Queensland's Landscape Ecology and Conservation Group have partnered with South West NRM, the Australian Koala Foundation and the Department of Environment and Climate Change NSW to investigate koala populations in...

GPEM's Dr Ann Peterson Awarded for teaching and learning innovation

New resource for use by the ecosystem science and management communities

Australia’s Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) has released a significant resource for use by the ecosystem science and management communities It e...

GEMS Inaugural Industry Night 2012

The University of Queensland’s Geography and Environmental Management Society (GEMS - a student run organisation) welcomed industry leaders to their professional presentation and networking event on Thursday 27 September. ...

Endangered Mahogany Gliders benefit from UQ research

University of Queensland researchers, from The School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, are measuring the effectiveness of new crossing poles installed for the endangered Mahogany Gliders in Far North Queensland.  ...

Topical Publications

GPEM has again had a number of articles published in the months August-September.  Some of note are: Dargusch, P. and Thomas, S. (2012).

Video Seminar: Indigenous Transport in Developing Cities

The aim of this presentation is to better understand the role of indigenous transport in potential...

Climate is changing the Great Barrier Reef

Satellite measurement of sea surface temperatures has yielded clear evidence  of major changes taking place in the waters of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef  over the past 25 years, marine scientists have found. The changes ...

Two degrees is too much for most coral reefs

A modelling study from an international collaboration involving German, Canadian and Australian scientists has concluded that increasing global temperatures to 2 degrees above pre-industrial global temperatures will be too hot for two thirds of the ...

Climate Engineering ICCP2012

What do the Aral Sea and cane toads have in common? Both were environmental engineering projects that caused a bigger problem than they solved. Will “climate engineering” (CE) be any different? I took some of my PhD study to the ...

What Your Skyline Says About Your City

2012 OOPS Industry Night

UQ’s Organisation of Planning Students (OOPS) welcomed industry leaders to their professional networking event on Thursday 9 August. “Industry Night offers both students and professionals of the planning profession an exce...

Replacing lost environments - a devil's pact?

With up to a billion hectares of wilderness likely to be cleared to feed the world in the coming half century and an area the size of China devoured by cities, leading environmental scientists are urging caution over the extent to which lost ecosy...

Resources for the Geography, Planning and Environmental Management Day 2012

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Industrial precinct design in AutoCad and Revit Architecture

Best and brightest receive awards

UQ's School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management produces students that go on to lead major initiatives to better manage our natural and built environments. Each year a number of prizes are awarded to the most outstanding of...

CSIRO Coastal Research Webportal

CSIRO has developed the Coastal Research webportal as a ‘one stop shop’ to provide information on past and present coastal research conducted in Australia. Officially launched in March at the Australian Coastal Research Forum i...

GPEM Alumni and Industry Newsletter

The latest news from the School of Geography, Planning and the Environment

Assoc Prof Clive McAlpine Extols the Virtues of the New Koala Listing on ABC TV

On 30th April the Environment Minister, Tony Burke, listed the koala as Vulnerable. This was the first time ever that a listing has been regionally dependent, with koalas in Queensland, New South Wales, and the Australian Capital Territor...

GPEM's new research profile

UQ sustains its lead on environmental issues

Article in the journal of Nature Climate Change

The School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Mangement's Dr Paul Dargusch and a number of colleagues  from The University of Queensland have recently had an article published in Nature Climate Change. The article titled...

Geographic Information Science links and resources

Australian CSER tools and products Spatial Sciences Institute

Glaciers in Queensland

David Alexander is a PhD student with The School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management. He is investigating glacier response to short-term climatic events using remote sensing and hydrological measurements t...

New course takes UQ students to Vietnam

A new course is teaching students about the social, urban, rural and environmental issues faced by communities in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. The course was developed by The School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management in conj...

Climate patterns and their influence on the Great Barrier Reef

By Ana Redondo-Rodriguez Biophysical Oceanography Group,School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management

CSIRO and UQ partner to build a sustainable future

UQ and CSIRO have partnered to establish the Integrated Natural Resource Management (INRM) PhD Program, a scholarship program for students conducting research in the field of integrated natural resource management science. This program is ...

Study Abroad Opportunities

The School of Geography Planning and Environmental Management has two study abroad opportunities for students. Vietnam & Hong Kong     &ldq...

UQ scholarship winner to help sustain fish habitats in southern Qld

UQ student, Kate Fraser, is helping to ensure the sustainability of fish species in southern Queensland thanks to a Queensland Government scholarship with the University of Queensland (UQ). Kate, a Marine Studies Honours student in the Sch...

GPEM's Stuart Phinn Honoured in Q-Index awards

Professor Martin Bell comments on Australia's Population Strategy

GPEM Grant Success Stories!

Fulbright Scholarships

Valued at up to US$300,000 the International Fulbright Science & Technology Awards are open to Australian citizens to undertake a full PhD program in the United States. The Award can be started betw...

UQ among the world’s best places for post-doc work

Readers of The Scientist magazine have rated The University of Queensland among the top five best places in the world for post-doctoral work in life sciences, outside the USA.

Out In Africa

Ian Hustwick, a Master of Environmental Management student at the University of Queensland has been awarded a prestigious internship with Save the Elephants in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya.  Each year only 4 intern positions are made...

GPEM Student Receives Grant

Melissa Bruton's work has been recognised by the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland's with a recent grant

Andyinc Foundation Environmental Research Scholarship

Managing Fire for Nature Conservation in Sub-tropical Woodlands Bush Heritage Australia is o...

Visiting Academic in Planning - Prof Mike Hibbard

Professor Mike Hibbard form the University of Oregon Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management to visit UQ in 2011

PIA Conference Awards

The annual PIA Awards Ceremony was held on Friday November 12th in the Hyatt Coolum on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Graduate's of The School of Geography Planning and Environmental Management at UQ stood out from...

Professor Martin Bell on SBS Insight!

GPEM Joins Definiens Academic Center of Excellence Program

Here at GPEM we are continuing to expand our strong research focus through strategic links with key industry partners.

Cross-National Comparisons of Internal Migration

Cross-National Comparisons of Internal Migration

Kasper Johansen's Mapping Banana Plantations...

Kasper Johansen's Mapping Banana Plantations from Object-oriented Classification of SPOT-5 Imagery

Jonathan Corcoran in Geoworld

Jonathan Corcoran in Geoworld: Mapping Urban Fires- what roles do weather conditions, events and disadvantage play?

International delegates examine climate change adaptation

More than 100 students from universities around the world discussed how to respond to climate change when UQ hosted the Universitas 21 Summer School.

UQ Graduate attends International Olympic Academy

One recent UQ graduate is off to the home of the Olympic Games to speak at a prestigious international conference about how such mega-events impact on the continued planning and development of host cities.