Queensland Herbarium is the centre for science, research and information on Queensland’s ecosystems and species of plants, fungi, algae and animals.

Currenlty is seeking an intern to work on a project titled Studying herbs at the herbarium: the use of cutting-edge imaging technology and Geometric morphometric approach on disentangling species diversity of the genus Burmannia.

The activities will include:

  • Learning how to recognise species of Burmannia using literature and dried material.
  • Collection of variable morphological traits
  • Use of the state-of-the-art equipment to collect images for further measurements

Project deliverables:

  • Specimen Collection and Identification: A collection of properly documented and identified specimens of Burmannia from various locations in Queensland. Each specimen should be accompanied by relevant metadata, such as location coordinates, habitat descriptions, and collection dates.
  • Image Dataset: High-quality images of Burmannia specimens, captured using state-of-the-art imaging technologies. These images should be standardized and suitable for geometric morphometric analysis, with consistent lighting, scale, and orientation.
  • Landmark Data: Landmark coordinates for each specimen, digitized from the images using landmark digitization software. These landmark data are essential for conducting geometric morphometric analyses of shape variation.
  • Geometric Morphometric Analyses: Results of geometric morphometric analyses, including statistical summaries, visualizations, and interpretations of shape variation among Burmannia specimens. This may include techniques such as principal component analysis (PCA), canonical variate analysis (CVA).
  • Statistical Tests and Interpretations: Statistical tests and interpretations to address specific research questions or hypotheses related to Burmannia morphology in Queensland. This may involve comparing shape variation between species, populations, or environmental gradients, and assessing patterns of morphological evolution or adaptation.
  • Documentation and Reports: Comprehensive documentation of methods, results, and interpretations in written reports or manuscripts. These documents should adhere to scientific standards and provide sufficient detail for reproducibility and peer review.
  • Presentations (possibly): Presentations of research findings at conferences, seminars, or workshops to disseminate knowledge and engage with the scientific community. Outreach activities such as public talks, posters, or educational materials may also be included to promote awareness and appreciation of Burmannia biodiversity and conservation.
  • Data Repository: Depositing raw data, image datasets, landmark coordinates, and analysis scripts in a publicly accessible data repository to facilitate transparency, reproducibility, and future research collaborations.
  • Final Project Summary: A final project summary or synthesis document summarizing key findings, conclusions, and implications of the research. This document may include recommendations for future studies, conservation efforts, or management strategies based on the research outcomes.
  • Description of new taxa: The above approach will be a fundamental tool on recognising new taxa. We expect that at least one new species might emerge from this study, with a phrasal name of Burmannia from Queensland.

Intended start date: July 2024 (Specific date negotiable).

Total days: Placement days and hours will be determined following discussions with the student; work required by the department; and requirements of the university.

EOIs closes on Friday 14th June 2024. Please email submissions directly to Paulo.baleeirosouza@des.qld.gov.au. Attention to Paulo Baleeiro Souza, Botanist.

HDR candidates from the School of the Environment or with background on Environmental Science are particularly invited to apply. Please include on your EOI the following:

  1. An up-to-date resume.
  2. Brief letter (maximum 1 page) outlining demonstration of the skills and experience required for the placement.
  3. Copy of their academic record.
  4. Verification from the relevant tertiary institution that the student is enrolled in a course which requires an industry placement.
  5. Letter of endorsement from the relevant tertiary institution detailing public liability insurance information.
  6. Evidence of mandatory requirement for the role as listed above.

This placement is unpaid but you might be eligible to apply for one of the Graduate School Scholarships

If you get selected for this project you might be eligible to apply for one of the Graduate School ScholarshipsIn order to be eligible, after being selected, you will need to formally submit the HDR placement application to Graduate School through my.UQ. Please visit the placements website for guidance, specifically from "Organise your Placement" section: https://cdf.graduate-school.uq.edu.au/hdr-placements and contact Graduate school through their email graduateschool@uq.edu.au if you need assistance submitting your application.