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Updates November 21, 2017

WABSI welcomes new board members

We would like to congratulate new board members Dr Ben Miller, Director of Science at Kings Park and Shirley McPherson, Business Development Manager at AFL SportsReady. Dr Miller is a plant ecologist who has worked on diverse research projects extensively around the world and Ms McPherson is an experienced Aboriginal leader who brings accounting and governance…

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Updates September 28, 2017

Murdoch University with Kings Park Science, South 32 and WABSI: top up scholarship

Restoration and resilience: Community re-assembly under climate change and increased fire Murdoch University with Kings Park Science, South32 and WA Biodiversity Science Institute There is an opportunity to undertake a PhD at Murdoch University investigating mine site restoration resilience to reduced rainfall and fire, with the support of Kings Park Science, South32 and WABSI. The…

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Updates September 14, 2017

South-West agricultural land: how do we achieve at-scale restoration?

Key industry stakeholders gathered at Muresk this month for a workshop run by WABSI. They identified key issues of restoration around agricultural landscapes in the South-West that have been cleared for agriculture. Next steps agreed were to: • Develop a shared vision for an appropriate target for at-scale restoration in the South-West. • Identify research…

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Finding value in abandoned mine shafts 

When valuing abandoned mine sites, the potential historical, cultural, social, environmental, educational or economic value of an abandoned mine site needs to be considered. The Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute has identified the research capacity to enhance knowledge about these sites in terms of their environmental values. Over the next six months, a new project will…

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WA Chief Scientist at WABSI

Western Australia’s Chief Scientist Professor Peter Klinken came to speak to the Board and Executive Team at WABSI recently. He shared his vision for W.A. leading the way through science and innovation and the critical role that WABSI plays in addressing science knowledge needs. The role of the Chief Scientist The Chief Scientist works closely…

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Updates September 5, 2017

Top up scholarship: South32, Curtin University and WABSI

PhD project – Soil seed bank dynamics and topsoil health for mine site restoration An opportunity exists to undertake a PhD in soil seed bank dynamics and topsoil health for mine site restoration at Curtin University, with the support of South32 and The Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute (WABSI). The project provides the successful candidate…

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Updates September 4, 2017

Independent science to help inform post-mining rehabilitation

In an exciting landmark project, The Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute (WABSI), is bringing together resource companies, researchers and regulators to help develop knowledge that will improve the outcomes from post-mining rehabilitation across Western Australia. The project will review state and international research on the physical and biological aspects of completion criteria, which are standards…

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Updates August 31, 2017

WABSI PhD top-up scholarship 2018

We are seeking a PhD student who can make a positive contribution to the increased understanding of Western Australia’s biodiversity, in line with our purpose and principles. Eligible research activities need to demonstrate a positive contribution to the improvement, modification, adaptation or increased understanding of Western Australia’s biodiversity. Specific research areas or interests that are…

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News August 28, 2017

The Quarry Life Award

Boost biodiversity with your idea – nature will be the biggest winner! “The Quarry Life Award is a wonderful way to enable researchers, students and community groups to share their scientific knowledge so we can all learn more about native species and habitat, as well as how to manage biodiversity around mining and quarry sites.”…

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News August 14, 2017

Restoring Roe 8

Published in Particle Magazine 10 August 2017 It’s one of the most controversial mass environmental disturbances in recent WA history. But, surprisingly, the scrapped Roe 8 project is not all bad news. Let’s remove ourselves from the politics for just one second. Remove all thoughts of legalities, economics, and industrial implications of the project. What…

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