Student projects: Biodiversity and Conservation Science

Western Australia’s natural biodiversity is world-renowned and protecting and conserving our natural assets is the responsibility of the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA).


We undertake a range of biodiversity conservation management activities, such as the recovery of threatened plants and animals, mitigation of threatening processes, particularly introduced pest plants, animals and diseases, fragmentation and climate change, and sustainable use of our natural resources.

Scientific knowledge is critical to underpin conservation and management of our biodiversity, as well as to inform decision making for environmental sustainability and economic development. The department requires excellent scientific knowledge and understanding to undertake effective conservation of our unique plants, animals, communities and ecosystems.

Our expertise

Biodiversity and Conservation Science staff in DBCA have expertise in animal biology, aquatic ecology, biological survey, conservation biotechnology, conservation genetics, conservation medicine, ecology, ecological restoration, ecophysiology, fire behaviour, hydrology, marine biology, plant biology, remote sensing and spatial analysis, seed biology, systematics and taxonomy.

Opportunities for students

Biodiversity and Conservation Science has a team of scientists that work to support the department’s conservation actions, and this research capacity is extended through working with university academics and students to undertake the science needed to fulfil our mission. We are keen to support student projects that will provide knowledge to undertake effective conservation.

Funding bodyGovernment of WA
Study levelHonours, Masters, PhD
Value$7000
Duration and start dateDecember 2018 to February 2019
Apply by2 November 2018
ContactSee the full list of DBCA projects and contacts