Congratulations to the 2021-22 Kings Park Science Summer Scholars on completing their summer projects, generously supported by the Friends of Kings Park Fund.

Picture1Over the last twelve weeks, five talented science students have explored different aspects of biodiversity conservation research here at Kings Park, ranging from genetics to seed ecology, cryopreservation, restoration and more.

The Summer Scholars and their projects include:

  • Jess Overton – Seed dormancy alleviation in the native wattle Prickly Moses (Acacia pulchella)
  • Lene Balasupramaniyam – Identifying short-lived species stored in Kings Park’s conservation seed bank
  • Amanda Kelleher – Exploring the role of mitochondrial function in the survival to cryopreservation
  • Melissa Blake – Understanding the potential benefits of wide outcrossing for plant translocation of Tetratheca erubescens
  • Kyle Robertson – Conservation genomics of the Corrigin Grevillea (Grevillea scapigera)

Now heading into its 18th year, the summer scholarship program has enabled more than 100 talented science students to spend their summer working alongside experienced researchers from Kings Park Science. The scholarships offer students the chance to hone their practical research skills and learn from science staff based in Kings Park.

The Kings Park Science Summer Scholarships are part of the Biodiversity and Conservation Science Summer Scholarship program. Applications for the 2022-23 Summer Scholarship program will open in October this year.

For more details on the Summer Scholar’s projects, be sure to pick up a copy of the Winter 2022 Edition of the Friends of Kings Park magazine For People & Plants. Friends members will receive a copy in the mail, and the magazine will also be available for purchase at Aspects of Kings Park Gallery Shop.


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