Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowships funding recipients

Program Period Project Location Sector Amount
Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowships Funding 2016
Cenozoic fossil floras from the volcanoes of southern Queensland provide new insights into the history and evolution of the modern Australian flora.

Dr Andrew Rozefelds, Queensland Museum

Dr Rozefelds will visit the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC to investigate the classification of Australian plant fossils and will access digitised fossil archives at the Smithsonian Institution. The classification of fossil plants from northern Australia is poorly understood and the proposed fellowship will assist in addressing this deficiency.


Brisbane Farms, Fishing and Forestry $21,250
Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowships Funding 2016
Cenozoic fossil floras from the volcanoes of southern Queensland provide new insights into the history and evolution of the modern Australian flora.

Dr Andrew Rozefields

Dr Rozefields visited the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC to investigate the classification of Australian plant fossils. He accessed digitalised fossil archives at the Smithsonian Institution.


Brisbane Science, IT, and Creative Industries $21,250
Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowships Funding 2017
Next generation systematics of Queensland's threatened ferns and lycophytes.

Dr Ashley Field, Queensland Herbarium

Dr Field will use a globally sampled collaborative Next-Generation DNA sequencing (NGS) dataset that is being generated by the US National Science Foundation funded GoFlag project, as well as morphological data from herbarium specimens in the US National Herbarium and other associated herbaria. This study will enable Dr Field to phylogenetically test the validity of Endangered and Vulnerable, and where possible presumed Extinct, Queensland fern species and make a more informed future assessment about whether they should be considered threatened species in Queensland.


Brisbane Farms, Fishing and Forestry $15,000
Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowships Funding 2017
Next generation systematics of Queensland's threatened ferns and lycophytes.

Dr Ashley Field, Queensland Herbarium

Dr Field will use a globally sampled collaborative Next-Generation DNA sequencing (NGS) dataset that is being generated by the US National Science Foundation funded GoFlag project, as well as morphological data from herbarium specimens in the US National Herbarium and other associated herbaria. This study will enable Dr Field to phylogenetically test the validity of Endangered and Vulnerable, and where possible presumed Extinct, Queensland fern species and make a more informed future assessment about whether they should be considered threatened species in Queensland.


Brisbane Farms, Fishing and Forestry $15,000
Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowships Funding 2016
The Smithsonian Learning Lab - Discover, create and share: Unpacking the collections to integrate into teaching

Dr Chris Campbell, The University of Queensland

Dr Campbell will visit the Smithsonian Centre for Learning and Digital Access in Washington DC to evaluate the training sessions that have been recently created for science teachers by the centre's Learning Lab. This will help prepare future science teachers by providing guidelines on how to access and utilise the Smithsonian's digital resources for teaching science.


Brisbane Science, IT and Creative Industries $21,250
Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowships Funding 2016
The Smithsonian Learning Lab - Discover, create and share: Unpacking the collections to integrate into teaching.

Dr Chris Campbell, The University of Queensland

Dr Campbell will visit the Smithsonian Centre for Learning and Digital Access in Washington DC to evaluate the training sessions that have been recently created for science teachers by the centre's Learning Lab. This will help prepare future science teachers by providing guidelines on how to access and utilise the Smithsonian's digital resources for teaching science.


Brisbane Science, IT, and Creative Industries $21,250
Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowships Funding 2015
Presenting the Pacific: A fellowship for building capacity in the practice of Pacific arts curatorship

Dr Dan Bendrups, Griffith University

Dr Bendrups will visit the National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC to build capacity of managing and presenting historical music recordings and art objects pertaining to the island cultures of the Pacific.


Brisbane Science, IT, and Creative Industries $17,000
Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowships Funding 2015
Presenting the Pacific: A fellowship for building capacity in the practice of Pacific arts curatorship.

Dr Dan Bendrups, Griffith University

Dr Bendrups will visit the National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC to build capacity of managing and presenting historical music recordings and art objects pertaining to the island cultures of the Pacific.


Brisbane Science, IT, and Creative Industries $17,000
Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowships Funding 2016
Protecting our coastal biodiversity through education

Dr David Kopelke, Boyne Island Environmental Centre

Dr Kopelke will visit the Smithsonian Environmental Centre in Maryland to learn how this Smithsonian Institution develops environmental education programs. He will use the information gained from the fellowship to develop training courses to assist staff from environmental educational centres in developing and delivering environmental education.


Boyne Island Farms, Fishing and Forestry $20,000
Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowships Funding 2016
Protecting our coastal biodiversity through education.

Dr David Kopelke, Boyne Island Environmental Centre

Dr Kopelke will visit the Smithsonian Environmental Centre in Maryland to learn how this Smithsonian Institution develops environmental education programs. He will use the information gained from the fellowship to develop training courses to assist staff from environmental educational centres in developing and delivering environmental education.


Boyne Island Farms, Fishing and Forestry $20,000
Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowships Funding 2017
Developing Innovative Community Consultation through Co-Design Processes

Dr Donna Hancox, Queensland University of Technology

Dr Hancox will investigate the philosophy underpinning, and the impact of, co-design community consultation practices. Her project will also examine the potential of digital technology to create, deliver and disseminate high impact arts projects that can be deployed in a regional arts framework for Queensland. The Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt Design Museum has created and delivered such projects as part of their core business to incorporate design processes in daily life to improve the outcomes for communities and increase civic participation.


Brisbane Science, IT and Creative Industries $17,500
Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowships Funding 2017
Developing Innovative Community Consultation through Co-Design Processes.

Dr Donna Hancox, Queensland University of Technology

Dr Hancox will investigate the philosophy underpinning, and the impact of, co-design community consultation practices. It will also examine the potential of digital technology to create, deliver and disseminate high impact arts projects that can be deployed in a regional arts framework for Queensland. The Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt Design Museum has created and delivered such projects as part of their core business to incorporate design processes in daily life to improve the outcomes for communities and increase civic participation.


Brisbane Science, IT, and Creative Industries $17,500
Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowships Funding 2015
The role of government policy in building innovation hot-spots in the digital age

Dr Lucy Cameron, Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation

Dr Cameron will visit the Lemelson Centre for the Study of Invention and Innovation in Washington DC to investigate the role of digital technologies in stimulating innovative workplaces, and the implications for government policy.


Brisbane Service Industries and Professionals $20,000
Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowships Funding 2015
The role of government policy in building innovation hot-spots in the digital age.

Dr Lucy Cameron, Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation

Dr Cameron will visit the Lemelson Centre for the Study of Invention and Innovation in Washington DC to investigate the role of digital technologies in stimulating innovative workplaces, and the implications for government policy.


Brisbane Service Industries and Professionals $20,000
Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowships Funding 2018
Attributing land-use/land cover change influence on hydrological-ecosystem interactions with artificial intelligence

Dr Ravinesh Deo, University of Southern Queensland

Dr Deo will develop new artificial intelligence methods, with expertise from Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, by employing Land Use/Land Cover Change (LULCC) and hydro-meteorological data to investigate LUCC-responses and signal filtering mechanisms separating climate-variability and climate-change signatures, ecosystem functioning to forecast ecosystem services and develoop next generation models in changing climate. Deep learning will be adoped to project land-use/hyrological scanarios (Panama/Queensland) to understand LUCC-watershed and hydrological interaction, protect Queensland's landscapes and drive strategic climate adaptation policy.


Toowoomba Farms, Fishing and Forestry $16,250
Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowships Funding 2018
Using ancient genomics to identify the endanged pure Queensland dingoes

Dr Subashchandran Sankarasubramanian, University of the Sunshine Coast

Dr Sankarasubramanian will help to address the dangers faced by Dingoes in Queensland, as they are at the brink of becoming endangered due to the high rate of interbreeding with domestic dogs. This will eventually result in the loss of pure dingoes altogether. This fellowship addresses the issue by sequencing the whole genome of a 350 year old ancient dingo using the ancient genomics facility at the Centre for Conservation Genomics, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and using the genome sequence to identify genetically pure dingoes. The outcome of this collaborative project will help Queensland Government agencies to prioritise conservation management efforts to protect pure dingoes and to distinguish them from dingo-dog hybrids.


Sippy Downs Science, IT and Creative Industries $16,250
Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowships Funding 2015
Growth and interspecific competition in mangroves: The potential effects of climate change on community composition of mangroves

Mr Matthew Hayes, The University of Queensland

Mr Hayes will visit the Smithsonian Environmental Research Centre in Maryland and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama to investigate the potential effects of elevated carbon dioxide and nutrient enrichment on interspecific competition in mangroves.


Brisbane Service Industries and Professionals $21,000
Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowships Funding 2015
Growth and interspecific competition in mangroves: The potential effects of climate change on community composition of mangroves.

Mr Matthew Hayes, The University of Queensland

Mr Hayes will visit the Smithsonian Environmental Research Centre in Maryland and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama to investigate the potential effects of elevated carbon dioxide and nutrient enrichment on interspecific competition in mangroves.


Brisbane Farms, Fishing and Forestry $21,000
Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowships Funding 2016
New culture city: Strengthening Gold Coast City Gallery within the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct to play a leading role for cultural tourism and engagement with the arts

Ms Virginia Rigney, Gold Coast Arts Centre

Ms Rigney will visit the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC to study the relationship of American culture to the growth of the identity of the Gold Coast to better understand cultural tourism and to develop innovative ways for the Gold Coast community to access the Gold Coast City Gallery, including the use of digitised collections


Gold Coast Hospitality, Tourism and Sport $16,250
Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowships Funding 2016
New culture city: Strengthening Gold Coast City Gallery within the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct to play a leading role for cultural tourism and engagement with the arts.

Ms Virginia Rigney, Gold Coast Arts Centre

Ms Rigney will visit the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC to study the relationship of American culture to the growth of the identity of the Gold Coast to better understand cultural tourism and to develop innovative ways for the Gold Coast community to access the Gold Coast City Gallery, including the use of digitised collections.


Gold Coast Hospitality, Tourism and Sport $16,250
Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowships Funding 2018
Fabric of War: Digital media facilitation of an online exhibition

Professor Trish FitzSimons, Griffith University

Professor FitzSimons will digitally capture the rich and relevant material culture holdings of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History and work with the Centre for History and New Media to present the results in an online, media-rich transnational exhibition. This will showcase Queensland as a 'smart state' and an exciting knowledge economy.


Nathan Science, IT and Creative Industries $12
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