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The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority enjoys an international reputation in biodiversity conservation science, undertaking integrated research focused on practical outcomes in native plant biology, rare plant conservation and bushland restoration. Successful conservation outcomes are achieved through world-class research and strategic alliances with industry, land managers, the community and other research organisations.

Science seminars

Academics, Government staff, researchers and interested members of the public are welcome to attend seminars, which are held in the Biodiversity Conservation Centre for staff and students at various times throughout the year. Details are posted to our events calendar.

Conservation Biology and Restoration Ecology

Fourth year undergraduate course

The Science Directorate co-ordinates and teaches a semester long fourth-year university unit in Plant Conservation and Restoration Biology as part of the Bachelor of Science (Conservation Biology) degree in the School of Plant Biology at The University of Western Australia.

The unit provides students with a comprehensive induction into the integrated science of conservation biology and restoration ecology, taught by leading practitioners in their respective fields. First taught in 2004, the unit focuses on teaching practical skills in plant conservation and restoration biology.

This applied focus was recognised in student feedback, with 100% agreement in 2007 that the unit was a good educational experience. A major component of the unit is a 10-week research project conducted under the supervision of the scientific staff at the Biodiversity Conservation Centre at Kings Park.

You can contact the course co-ordinators Dr Jason Stevens or Dr David Merritt for more information.

Other courses available

Science Directorate staff also contribute to teaching in other plant biology, conservation biology, and restoration ecology courses at the University of Western Australia, Murdoch University, and Curtin University.

Contact Professor Kingsley Dixon or Science Administration for more information.

Kings Park Summer Scholarships

These annual scholarships provide the opportunity for talented contemplating honours or post-graduate research in native plant conservation biology or restoration ecology to undertake a 12-week research project, under supervision of scientists within the Biodiversity Conservation Centre, Kings Park and Botanic Garden.

Contact Dr Siegy Krauss or Science Administration for more information.

PhD project opportunities

Urban Bushland Restoration

  • Towards a genetic provenance seed sourcing atlas for ecological restoration of Banksia woodlands on the Swan Coastal Plain.
  • Control of Ferraria crispa and Euphorbia terracina, two highly invasive weed species on the Swan Coastal Plain.
  • Identifying feral animal control techniques (Rabbit, fox, cat) for urban conservation reserves.

Rare Species Conservation and Restoration

  • Genetic management of rare species re-introductions to optimize evolutionary potential and avoid erosion of genetic diversity in the Corrigin Grevillea.
  • Genetic evaluation of the critically endangered species Philotheca basistyla and other endangered taxa in the genus Philotheca (Rutaceae).
  • Physiology of micropropagated plant responses to transplantation stress.

Ecology and Conservation Biology

  • Understanding evolutionary adaptations to fire in the Haemodoraceae.
  • Storage physiology of Orchid seeds.
  • Seed ecology of Ericaceae in two contrasting but biodiverse landscapes: South West Australia and New Caledonia.
  • Hydrochory, strandlines and genetic structure in riparian trees.

Mine Restoration

  • Between a rock and a hard place: optimizing seed sourcing distance for ecological restoration to avoid inbreeding depression and outbreeding depression in Jarrah forest triggerplants.
  • Callus induction, organogenesis and cryostorage of in vitro cultures of Loxocarya cinerea to aid minesite restoration.
  • Biological soil crusts in semi-arid and arid Australia: how do they function and how do we restore them.
  • Bioremediation of contaminated land in the Great Sandy Desert.
  • Seed persistence and drivers of seedling recruitment in a Threatened Ecological Community, and their implications for topsoil management in mine restoration.
  • Are we providing the niche? Recruitment niches, biotic and abiotic filters of seed germination in natural and restored landscapes.
  • Seedling physiology and survival over the first summer.
  • Salt tolerance of Western Australian coastal species: implications for terrestrial restoration in the Shark Bay World Heritage Area
  • Using plant physiological ecology and abiotic stress tolerance to understand and augment habitat restoration in arid coastal settings
  • Achieving restoration outcomes in an arid, wind-blown and hyper-saline setting: a case of perseverance and a bit of luck.

Contact Dr Siegy Krauss or Science Administration for more information.