Research Fellow (Conservation Genetics)
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fraser Avenue
West Perth Western Australia 6005
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Research interests

  • Landscape ecology
  • Pollen and seed dispersal
  • Pollination biology and ecology
  • Ecological and conservation genetics
  • Avian ecology

Academic background

I started at Kings Park and Botanic Garden in August 2012 on a collaborative ARC funded project with Murdoch University, headed by Neal Enright and Siegy Krauss. The project is investigating the dispersal ecology of large-seeded plants in Western Australia with a view to establish what impact the loss of a long distance disperser from the landscape will have on populations.

Prior to this, I completed my PhD at The Australian National University on a project that involved CSIRO Plant Industry. My PhD titled Landscape ecology and genetics of the Emu Bush (Eremophila glabra ssp. glabra) was supervised by Andrew Young (CSIRO Plant Industry), Saul Cunningham (CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences) and David Lindenmayer (The Australian National University, Fenner School of Environment and Society). I conducted a comparative analysis of the reproductive and genetic performance of plant populations in a fragmented landscape to determine their functional connectivity. Investigations included pollinator (bird) community composition and feeding behaviour; plant fecundity; levels of gene flow; and fitness of progeny.

Before my PhD, I was involved with a Land and Water funded project at Department of Environment and Conservation, titled Genetic and ecological viability of plant populations in remnant vegetation and headed by David Coates, Margaret Byrne and Colin Yates.

Preceding this project, I completed my Honours degree at Murdoch University on a project that involved Department of Environment and Conservation. It was titled Genetic relationships and population biology of Acacia sp. Dandaragan and was supervised by Phil Ladd (Murdoch University) and Colin Yates (Department of Environment and Conservation). I described the spatial distribution; population size and structure; life history characteristics and seed biology of a critically endangered taxon. In addition, I determined the taxonomic relationship between this taxon and the common sister species through morphological and genetic variation. My Bachelor of Science degrees were also completed at Murdoch University.


Elliott, C.P., Lindenmayer, D.B., Cunningham, S., Young, A. (2012). Landscape context affects honeyeater communities and their foraging behavior in south-eastern Australia: implications for plant pollination. Landscape Ecology27(3): 393-404.

Felton, A., Fischer, J., Lindenmayer, D.B., Montague-Drake, R., Lowe, A.R., Saunders, D., Felton, A.M., Steffen, W., Munro, N.T., Youngentob, K., Gillen, J., Gibbons, P., Bruzgul, J.E., Fazey, I., Bond, S.J., Elliott, C.P., Macdonald, B.C.T., Porfirio, L.L., Westgate, M., Worthy, M. (2009). Climate change, conservation and management: an assessment of the peer-reviewed scientific journal literature. Biodiversity and Conservation18(8): 2243-2253.

Elliott, C.P. (2009). Isolation and characterization of microsatellites in the bird pollinated, autohexaploid, Eremophila glabra ssp. glabra (R.Br.(Ostef.)) (Myoporaceae), an Australian endemic plant. Molecular Ecology Resources9(4):1242-1246.

Byrne, M., Elliott, C.P., Yates, C., Coates, D.J. (2008). Maintenance of high pollen dispersal in Eucalyptus wandoo, a dominant tree of the fragmented agricultural region in Western Australia. Conservation Genetics9(1): 97-105.

Byrne, M., Elliott, C.P., Yates, C., Coates, D.J. (2007). Extensive pollen dispersal in a bird-pollinated shrub, Calothamnus quadrifidus, in a fragmented landscape. Molecular Ecology16(6): 1303-1314.

Lindenmayer, D.B., Fischer, J., Felton, A., Montague-Drake, R., Manning, A.D., Simberloff, D., Youngentob, K., Saunders, D., Blomberg, S.P., Wilson, D., Felton, A.M., Blackmore, C., Lowe, A., Bond, S., Munro, N., Elliott, C.P. (2007). The complementarity of single-species and ecosystem-oriented research in conservation research. Oikos116(7): 1220-1226.

Yates, C.J., Elliott, C., Byrne, M., Coates, D.J., Fairman, R. (2007). Seed production, germinability and seedling growth for a bird-pollinated shrub in fragments of kwongan in south-west Australia. Biological Conservation136(2): 306-314.

Yates, C.J., Coates, D.J., Elliott, C., Byrne, M. (2007). Composition of the pollinator community, pollination and the mating system for a shrub in fragments of a species rich kwongan in south-west Western Australia. Biodiversity and Conservation16(5): 1379-1395.

Maslin, B., Elliott, C. (2006). ‘Acacia splendens (Leguminosae: Mimosoideae), a new, rare species from near Dandaragan, Western Australia’. Nuytsia16(1): 81-86.

Elliott, C.P., Byrne, M. (2005). Isolation and characterization of microsatellites in the woody shrub, Calothamnus quadrifidus (Myrtaceae). Molecular Ecology Notes5(4): 757-759.

Elliott, C.P., Byrne, M. (2004). Phylogenetics and the conservation of rare taxa in the Eucalyptus angustissima complex in Western Australia. Conservation Genetics5(1): 39-47.

Elliott, C., Byrne, M. (2003). Genetic diversity within and between natural populations of Eucalyptus occidentalis (Myrtaceae). Silvae Genetica52(3-4): 169-173.

Elliott, C.P., Yates, C.J., Ladd, P.G., Coates, D.J. (2002). Morphometric, genetic and ecological studies clarify the conservation status of a rare Acacia in Western Australia. Australian Journal of Botany50(1): 63-73.

Elliott, C.P., Ladd, P.G. (2002). Pollen limitation of fruit set in Western Australian terrestrial orchids. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia85(4): 165-168.