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Research

In 1985 Professor Rick Shine, Professor of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Sydney, became aware of the prevalence of water pythons (Liasis fuscus) at Fogg Dam.  Since then Professor Rick Shine’s team has been involved in ongoing biological research at Fogg Dam.

This work developed a valuable ecological database of the area.  With the arrival of cane toads (Bufo marinus) in 2005 this database provided baseline information to study the impact of cane toads on native animals.   Professor Shine’s team has undertaken significant work studying the impact of cane toads on native animals as well as the physiology and activity of the cane toad itself.  In 2006 the University of Sydney took over the lease of Middle Point Village (formerly CSIRO Village) for a Tropical Ecology Research Centre.   The Sydney University study team is headed up by Professor Rick Shine, one of the few, who have won multiple Eureka Science Awards.  His awards have been:

  • 2006 Eureka Prize for Biodiversity Research
  • 2011 Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Australian Science Research, and
  • 2013 Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers.

“Professor Shine’s latest award reflects his lifelong commitment to assisting young scientists. During his career he has supervised more than 70 research students and 20 post-doctoral fellows. The majority of his 800 published papers list his students as senior co-authors.” 

http://australianmuseum.net.au/2013-eureka-mentor    A significant amount of the published research has been undertaken at Fogg Dam.   For this reason, Fogg Dam is well known internationally by biologists.

Professor Thomas Madsen at the School of Biological Sciences at Woolongong University has also been involved in research at Fogg Dam since the 1980s, initially with Professor Rick Shine.

Other Research

NT Government Beatrice Hill Research Station in Anzac Parade research:

  • National Arbovirus Monitoring
  • Riverine Buffalo Breeding
  • Buffalo Artificial Breeding


Northern Territory Coastal Plains Research Farm in Anzac Parade research:

Commercial Cocoa assessment

  • Bamboo Research
  • Strategy and progress of the genetic improvement of African mahogany (Khaya senegalensis) in the Northern Territory of Australia
  • National Mango Breeding Program
  • Mango Arboretum
  • Banana Panama Disease Management
  • Tropical Germplasm
  • Improved Pasture Species Selection and Cultivar Seed Maintenance


Charles Darwin University has undertaken research at Fogg Dam in:

  • Wild (Oryza meridionalis) Rice
  • Carbon Monitoring


Osaka University had the Fogg Dam area as a base for a number of years undertaking:

  • Longitudinal studies of lightning


Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) had a base at Middle Point for many years from the 1960’s into the 1970s to:

  • Develop rice varieties suitable for the coastal floodplains and
  • Trial potential forestry crops.

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