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Kings Park Science offers various opportunities for PhD level training across a range of disciplines working with leading scientists in biodiversity conservation. Students with a personal scholarship can design their own project aligned with current research themes or take advantage of specific scholarship opportunities offered by external / industry funding. 

Indicative projects available for students are organised by research theme below. Prospective students are encouraged to visit the appropriate section on this website to learn more about current projects and then contact relevant staff for further information.

Conservation Biotechnology

  • Cryo-conservation for endangered plants; researching and developing novel cryogenic technologies for long-term preservation in liquid nitrogen.
  • Genetics of cryopreserved plant material: can genetic stability be presumed, or is there more to it?
  • Cryoinjury and oxidation stress: understanding source, effect and mitigation.
  • The emergency ward: developing micropropagation for endangered plants needing conservation and restoration.
  • Investigation of photoautotrophic growth for difficult to micropropagate species.
  • Understanding physiology of micropropagated plant responses to stress incurred during transfer from the in vitro environment to soil and ex vitro conditions.

Visit the Conservation Biotechnology section to learn more about the current projects and contact Dr Eric Bunn with enquiries.

Conservation Genetics

  • Towards a provenance atlas for priority species: applying genetic and non-genetic approaches for defining seed collection zones for restoration.
  • Genecological assessment of local adaptation and the response of plant populations to climate change: implications for seed sourcing for restoration.
  • Mapping restoration soil biota through time and space with eDNA tools.
  • Conservation genetics: pattern and process for rare species management and recovery.
  • Evolutionary and conservation consequences of pollination by birds and mammals.
  • Adaptive resilience of seagrass to extreme climatic events.
  • Restoration implications of ploidy variation in spinifex.
  • Molecular phylogenetics and systematics of native plant taxa.

Visit the Conservation Genetics section to learn more about current projects and contact Dr Siegy Krauss with enquiries.

Ecosystem Ecology

  • How plant functional traits interact with varying fire season, intensity or interval to influence the persistence of plant populations under different fire regimes.
  • How fire regimes interact with drivers such as herbivore abundance, weed cover and climate change to influence biodiversity conservation, fire risk management and invasive species.
  • The impacts of grassy weed invasion of native species and fire hazard.
  • Fuel dynamics and spatial modelling of fire regimes and fire risk to inform bushland management.
  • The function of digging mammals, such as bandicoots, in altering soil properties and microbial communities to enhance litter decomposition and seedling establishment.
  • Understanding ecological, physiological and hydrological processes underlying tree decline and ecosystem change in Banksia woodlands.
  • The population ecology, seed biology and fire response of invasive plant species.
  • Positive synergies and potential negative outcomes from fire and weed management.
  • Pollination and dispersal processes in natural, fragmented and restored landscapes.

Visit the Ecosystem Ecology section to learn more about the current projects and contact Dr Ben Miller with enquiries.

Restoration Science

  • Designing restoration systems based on plant-soil relations and feedbacks.
  • Defining plant physiological thresholds and function in restoration environments.
  • Identifying natural analogues for vegetation restoration to post mine sites.
  • Predicting future responses of Australia’s dominant hummock grasslands to climate change during regeneration.
  • Ecosystem health in restoration chronosequence across urban bushlands.
  • Defining ecological functionality of restoration sites in the Wheatbelt.

Visit the Restoration Ecology section to learn more about current projects and contact Dr Jason Stevens with enquiries.

Seed Science

  • Predicting the longevity of seeds in storage for the conservation of plant biodiversity.
  • Ecophysiology of seed dormancy and germination for seed propagation and conservation.
  • Developing seed enhancement technologies to improve seedling establishment in ecosystem restoration.
  • Identifying seed regeneration traits that can predict seedling establishment in ecosystem restoration.
  • Engineering design and construction of mechanised seeders for efficient seed delivery in ecosystem restoration.
  • Adaptive consequences of polyploidy on the seed biology of spinifex.

Visit the Seed Conservation section to learn more about current projects and contact Dr David Merritt with enquiries.

Species Recovery

  • Development of novel translocation approaches for restoration of rare and short-range endemic flora.
  • Integrated propagation of endemic and range restricted recalcitrant species.
  • Seed ecology of short-range endemics and implications for restoration of minesite impacted taxa.
  • Threatened flora restoration: defining the ecological drivers of rarity to inform restoration approaches for mine site management of narrow range endemic species.
  • Pollination biology of threatened plant species.

Visit the Species Recovery section to learn more about current projects and contact Dr Shane Turner or Dr Carole Elliott with enquiries.

COVID-19

The wellbeing of our visitors, volunteers and staff is our number one priority during the current COVID-19 situation. We are closely monitoring and responding to Government health advice and putting extra measures in place to protect our staff, volunteers and visitors.

Lotterywest Family Area visitor disruption

Ivey Watson Playground will be closed from 14 June to 23 July to facilitate the Stickybeaks Cafe and Ivey Watson Playground upgrade works.

Works at Mount Eliza Reservoir

The Water Corporation will be conducting upgrade works to the Mount Eliza Reservoir inlet in Kings Park from mid-June.

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Have your say on Kings Park transport networks

Walking, cycling, driving, even unicycling - what could transport networks to and within Kings Park look like between now and 2050?

National Reconciliation Week 2021

Kings Park and Botanic Garden (Kaarta Koomba) is a place of great significance to the Whadjuk Noongar people, with a rich cultural and spiritual heritage.  

Call for #GenerationRestoration

The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority has issued a call for members of every generation to take action to protect and restore ecosystems at home and world-wide.

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