Issue 1
Monday, 15 February 2016
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Funds raised through crowdfunding may help settle this glider's true identity. Image: Ian Morris.
Funds raised through crowdfunding may help settle this glider's true identity. Image: Ian Morris.

Crowdfunding delivers double delight

By Patrick Nelson

Two biodiversity related research projects have received timely boosts following the success of Charles Darwin University’s first foray into online crowdfunding.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Sue Carthew said she was delighted the projects, involving the pygmy crocodile and the Lambalk glider, had surpassed their funding targets.

“Just as pleasing is that these projects have demonstrated wide community support for CDU and the work undertaken by our researchers,” said Professor Carthew, head of the Faculty of Engineering, Health, Science and the Environment.

“The projects provided CDU with an opportunity to showcase some of our research, and an opportunity for people in the community to engage with that work." 

Conducted on the Pozible platform, the crocodile appeal (Tiny Toothies) received pledges of $12,008 from 126 supporters in 24 days, whereas the glider campaign (The Unknown Glider) received $15,517 in pledges from 169 supporters over 29 days.

Professor Carthew said significant advances would now be possible in both projects. 

Zoologist Dr Adam Britton and a team of researchers will travel to the remote Bullo River escarpment to survey the habitat for pygmy crocodiles whose numbers have decreased substantially since the arrival of the cane toad.

Funds for the Unknown Glider will be used to determine the taxonomic status of the marsupial, which looks to be a new species.