Research capabilities

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Our strength is the joint wealth of multi-disciplinary scientific skills across our partners. We bring together the State’s top biodiversity expertise to any project, delivering excellence in science that informs decisions about land use, policy and management.

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Our research partners are:

  • University of Western Australia
  • Curtin University
  • Murdoch University
  • Edith Cowan University
  • Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority
  • WA Museum
  • Department Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
  • Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety
  • Department of Water and Environmental Regulation


Our vast range of expertise includes:

Restoration ecology: Understanding ecological factors that limit restoration of native vegetation.

Conservation Ecology: Understanding factors critical for the persistence and recovery of threatened flora.

Conservation taxonomy: Taxonomy and conservation status assessment of threatened and priority flora.

Ecophysiology of rarity and restoration: Understanding physiological factors critical for the recovery of plant species and plant ecosystems.

Germplasm Conservation: Integration of ex-situ collections of Western Australian threatened and priority flora.

Propagation Science: Application of micro-propagation techniques for rapid and efficient propagation of threatened and priority species and species for revegetation.

Conservation Genetics: Application of molecular markers for assessment of genetic diversity and priority setting for plant genetic resource conservation.

Management and restoration of altered landscapes: Finding ways to improve biodiversity outcomes in managed landscapes.

Fauna reintroduction and ecosystem services: Understanding the broader ecological benefits of fauna conservation and reintroduction.

Habitat management: Ameliorating threats within the conservation estate.

Understanding patterns of biodiversity: Documenting the patterns and status of species and communities across Western Australia as a basis of nature conservation planning decisions.

Biology/ecology of threatened species: Understand biology and ecology of threatened species to identify threatening processes and recovery solutions.

Captive breeding and assisted reproductive technologies: Production of founder animals for translocation.

Translocation for recovery: Re-establishment of threatened fauna populations.

Impact of disease on wildlife conservation: Identify the impact of disease on the condition of native wildlife.

Fauna systematics and conservation genetics: Resolution of taxonomic and conservation status issues, and the use of DNA technologies to understand population conservation and to assist in wildlife protection.

Biodiversity data sets: For conservation planners, decision makers and industry

Biodiversity mapping: Locating and prioritising research on conservation taxa and areas of high biodiversity.