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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.

Tertiary education

Science Directorate staff 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.

Applications are now open for the 2014/2015 scholarships which include a tax-free stipend of $7000 for a period of 12 weeks and operating costs, to commence in early December 2014.

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.

Horticultural trainees

The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority provides opportunities for students to work alongside qualified and experienced staff while studying at TAFE for qualifications in horticulture, arboriculture, turf management or conservation and land management.

Trainees are given the opportunity to learn a variety of horticultural, botanical and conservation skills and knowledge within the areas of the nursery, botanic garden, parkland, bushland, collection displays, turf, arboriculture and the Western Australian Seed Technology Centre.

Trainees are recruited annually and employed on one, two or three year contracts, depending upon qualifications already held. Positions are usually advertised during October or November. For more information, contact our Customer Service Officer.