The abundant biodiversity of the terrestrial and marine environments of North Stradbroke Island and its surrounding waters attract researchers from a wide range of fields to MBRS to conduct research each year. Modern wet and dry laboratories, an aquaria facility, temperature and light controlled room, two boats, a four wheel drive vehicle and the local knowledge and assistance of the station staff are all available to facilitate your research. 

MBRS can accommodate up to 96 visitors in a range of accommodation styles with self-catering or catered options available. The townships and natural environment of North Stradbroke Island provide all the resources and leisure time activities required to make your stay both productive and enjoyable.

Long Term Research Agreement

The Moreton Bay Research Station Long Term Research Program is a scheme that promotes the establishment of a long-term research program on the research station. If you are a UQ researcher and you are considering developing a longer term project to be conducted on the station, contact the Station Manager to discuss what benefits or discounts may apply. 

When you are ready to apply, download and complete the Long Term Research Application Form and email to the Station


Moreton Bay Research Station has developed a range of merit-based scholarships for UQ Honours or Research Higher Degree students to promote research relevant to Moreton Bay, its terrestrial habitats, surrounding waters, social and cultural environments. Find out more on our Scholarships page.


Please note that permits are required for virtually all research activities and must be submitted to Station staff before arrival. Some permits may take six months or longer to obtain, so please apply for all permits as soon as possible.

Environmental Management System

Moreton Bay Research Station is situated in an area of significant environmental value and cultural heritage. The Station's Environmental Management System (EMS) highlights the importance that the University of Queensland places on identifying and managing the impacts that the Station's activities may have on the environment.

Risk Assessments

Please note that risk assessments are required for all research activities. These must meet your home institution requirements. UQ staff and students can find out more on the Risk Management Database.