The Science Directorate at the Botanic Garden and Parks Authority (BGPA) undertakes integrated and innovative research in native plant biology, underpinning conservation and ecological restoration of Western Australia's unique biodiversity, and biodiversity generally. Successful conservation outcomes are achieved through world-class research, and strategic alliances with industry, land managers, the community and other research organisations.
The vision of the Science Directorate at the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority is:
'To be a leading research institution in biodiversity conservation and restoration, delivering world-class strategic, integrated and innovative research, education and extension for the conservation of biodiversity for future generations.'
Research is focused in the key areas of restoration ecology, seed science, conservation genetics, conservation biotechnology, orchid conservation, and systematics, with a focus on extension to practitioners and land managers. You can view the current major research projects.
Scientists from the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority also play a key role in training future plant conservation scientists and practitioners. The Science team has a long history of successful post-graduate student supervision in collaboration with all of Western Australian universities, demonstrated by a high conversion of graduating students into relevant jobs. You can view a list of students here.
The Science Directorate also contributes to undergraduate teaching, predominantly in Conservation Biology and Restoration Ecology through the School of Plant Biology at the University of Western Australia. The senior level course delivers one of the most practical and applied national programs in plant conservation and restoration. You can view available training programs here.
The relevance and national significance of the science conducted at the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority to industry and the broader community is demonstrated by the broad range and large number of industry sponsored projects and nationally competitive grants awarded to the Science team.
A general brochure for the Science Directorate can be downloaded below: