Gluepot offers a unique opportunity for prospective researchers, particularly students looking to undertake projects relating to; the impact of artificial watering points on both bird populations and vegetation; biodiversity recovery from fire; long term feral animal control and land management practices that are both ecologically and culturally sustainable; and research on threatened or declining species, as well as common mallee birds. Presently, a large number of both Australian and overseas universities and research institutions have conducted research projects on the reserve including PhD, MSc and Honours projects. See Research Projects.
Excellent facilities are available to researchers at Gluepot, including the newly built five bedroom accommodation block and the Gluepot Library and Research Centre. Gluepot has extensive infrastructure for biological surveys made available to researches including 52 pitfall lines, 75 permanent bird atlas sites, one (soon to be four) herbivore exclosure fence and numerous permanent photo points. The reserve’s Assistant Volunteer Rangers are always eager to help researchers collect data in the field. Previously collected data from the reserve can be made available to students to help support their thesis conclusions. Members of the Research and Monitoring Committee can assist students and other researchers in the formulation of project proposals.
Research projects at Gluepot should abide by the Research Policy and an Application to Undertake Research and Surveys protocol forms should be submitted in writing to Duncan MacKenzie, Chair, Gluepot Reserve Management Committee.
See the newsletters from Gluepot Reserve, the Friends of Gluepot, and BirdLife Australia
A new round of exciting courses is on offer at Gluepot for the 2017 season
Gluepot Reserve is managed by volunteers. It costs approximately $50,000 per annum to run Gluepot Reserve and donations are always needed.