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Research Fellow (Conservation Genetics)
Biodiversity Conservation Centre
Kattidj Close
Kings Park Western Australia 6005
(+61 8) 9480 3642

Research themes

  • 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.

Major projects


  • Integrated conservation and translocation of the threatened banded ironstone species Tetratheca erubescens (Elaeocarpaceae) (2017 - current). Collaborators: Dr Jason Stevens, Dr Carole Elliott. Industry partner: Cliffs Asia Pacific Iron Ore Pty Ltd.

Selected publications

Elliott CP, Enright NJ, Allcock RJN, Gardner MG, Meglécz E, Anthony J and Krauss SL (2014) Microsatellite markers from the Ion Torrent: a multi-species contrast to 454 shotgun sequencing. Molecular Ecology Resources 14(3): 554-568.

Elliott CP, Lindenmayer DB, Cunningham S and Young A (2012) Landscape context affects honeyeater communities and their foraging behavior in south-eastern Australia: implications for plant pollination. Landscape Ecology 27(3): 393-404.

Felton A, Fischer J, Lindenmayer DB, Montague-Drake R, Lowe AR, Saunders D, Felton AM, Steffen W, Munro NT, Youngentob K, Gillen J, Gibbons P, Bruzgul JE, Fazey I, Bond SJ, Elliott CP, Macdonald BCT, Porfirio LL, Westgate M and Worthy M (2009) Climate change, conservation and management: an assessment of the peer-reviewed scientific journal literature. Biodiversity and Conservation 18(8): 2243-2253.

Elliott CP (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 Resources 9(4):1242-1246.

Byrne M., Elliott CP, Yates C, Coates DJ (2008) Maintenance of high pollen dispersal in Eucalyptus wandoo, a dominant tree of the fragmented agricultural region in Western Australia. Conservation Genetics 9(1): 97-105.

Byrne M, Elliott CP, Yates C, Coates DJ (2007) Extensive pollen dispersal in a bird-pollinated shrub, Calothamnus quadrifidus, in a fragmented landscape. Molecular Ecology 16(6): 1303-1314.

Lindenmayer DB, Fischer J, Felton A, Montague-Drake R, Manning AD, Simberloff D, Youngentob K, Saunders D, Blomberg SP, Wilson D, Felton AM, Blackmore C, Lowe A, Bond S, Munro N and Elliott CP (2007) The complementarity of single-species and ecosystem-oriented research in conservation research. Oikos 116(7): 1220-1226.

Yates CJ, Elliott C, Byrne M, Coates DJ, Fairman R (2007) Seed production, germinability and seedling growth for a bird-pollinated shrub in fragments of kwongan in south-west Australia. Biological Conservation 136(2): 306-314.

Yates CJ, Coates DJ, Elliott C and 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 Conservation 16(5): 1379-1395.

Maslin B and Elliott C (2006) ‘Acacia splendens (Leguminosae: Mimosoideae), a new, rare species from near Dandaragan, Western Australia’. Nuytsia 16(1): 81-86.

Elliott CP and Byrne M (2005) Isolation and characterization of microsatellites in the woody shrub, Calothamnus quadrifidus (Myrtaceae). Molecular Ecology Notes 5(4): 757-759.

Elliott CP and Byrne M (2004) Phylogenetics and the conservation of rare taxa in the Eucalyptus angustissima complex in Western Australia. Conservation Genetics 5(1): 39-47.

Elliott C and Byrne M (2003) Genetic diversity within and between natural populations of Eucalyptus occidentalis (Myrtaceae). Silvae Genetica 52(3-4): 169-173.

Elliott CP, Yates CJ, Ladd PG, Coates DJ (2002) Morphometric, genetic and ecological studies clarify the conservation status of a rare Acacia in Western Australia. Australian Journal of Botany 50(1): 63-73.

Elliott CP and Ladd PG (2002) Pollen limitation of fruit set in Western Australian terrestrial orchids. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia 85(4): 165-168.

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