Australia Targeted Research Projects

A Targeted Research Project is an integral and required part of the Australia program. The University of Queensland faculty members will mentor individuals or groups of students in research projects on topics of interest proposed by the students within designated disciplinary areas. Students will describe an initial topic in their application and later submit a final proposal, revised with guidance from a UQ academic advisor. Further refinement of research projects will occur during the first weeks in Australia. Research will be undertaken at specific times during the quarter and will culminate in a final written report, as well as a presentation to other program participants and faculty.


Below are some examples of topics that students have covered in the past. These will provide a general idea of the size and scope of research projects students may undertake. This is not an exhaustive list of topics.

Australian Studies

  • The Australian history war
  • The changing face of Australia
  • Tribal law in contemporary Australia
  • Australia's health system
  • Sites of indigenous significance
  • Kyoto Protocol: US and Australia
  • Great Barrier Reef - 2050

Coastal Forest Ecosystems

  • Climate change and tidal wetlands
  • How do Lianes get into the canopy?
  • Leaf physiognomy of sclerophyll vegatation
  • Temperature vs light and angrove establishment
  • Mangroves as shoreline protectors

Coral Reef Ecosystems

  • Zooplankton abundance in zones of the reef
  • Fish populations around coral colonies
  • Sea cucumber distribution
  • Coral Zonation
  • Coral Morphology
  • Symbioses, mutualisms, commensalisms and parasitisms
  • Signs of change at Low Isles sand flat
  • Survival in the intertidal zone
  • Tourism and sedimentation rates
  • Life in an underwater sandy desert
  • Island life
  • Anemone fish and anemones
  • The physiology of coral bleaching