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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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Updates March 16, 2017

PhD Scholarship winner: Congratulations Rowena Burch!

Download media statement  Rowena Burch from Murdoch University has been awarded the inaugural PhD scholarship by The Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute. Rowena will study native mammals and reptiles in the jarrah forests of the South West to determine how they respond to prescribed burns, timber harvesting and to programs aimed at controlling predators such…

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Updates January 15, 2017

How do we identify issues that science can help address? 

Our key guiding principle is that science must address the needs of those who require quality biodiversity data to make decisions. Consequently, engaging with end-users is the first step we undertake to identify issues and gaps in knowledge. Each of our research partners has a representative on our Collaboration, Leverage and Integration Committee (CLIC). Based…

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Inaugural WABSI PhD top up scholarship

Applications close soon: 31st January 2017 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. The maximum duration of the scholarship is 3.5 years, subject to satisfactory university approved progress and performance. Eligible research activities need to…

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Updates December 15, 2016

Welcome Dr Neil Burrows

We welcome on board our new Research Director, Dr Neil Burrows. Neil is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia and brings a wealth of experience in delivering of high quality science in order to address emerging issues about sustainable management of W.A.’s marine and terrestrial environment. As a former Director of the Science Division…

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