Faculty of Science

School of Biological Sciences

A selection of current projects in the School is listed here.

We welcome you to discuss other research project ideas with us. To do this:
Domestic students can contact the Graduate Research Coordinator at the School or Centre in which you wish to undertake research.
International students can use our online enquiry form, which helps us match your research interests with a potential supervisor.

Influence of physical drivers on marine megafauna movement patterns
This research aims to characterise environmental (i.e., extrinsic) drivers of movement at a global scale and map global hotspots of abundance and anthropogenic activities to assess levels of overlap and risk.
Limiting damage following mild traumatic brain injury
We have shown that mild traumatic brain injury, or concussion, results in oxidative stress in brain cells as well as cognitive deficits. In this Project we will explore the damage further and design and test treatment strategies to improve function.
Evolution of the mammalian baculum
This project investigates the most evolutionary divergent bone in the mammalian body - the baculum (os penis). Our research aims to provide a comprehensive view of the proximate mechanisms of selection and its ultimate consequences for evolutionary divergence of this most remarkable bone.
The evolutionary genetics of phase polyphenism in the Australian plague locust
This project will be at the cutting edge of research into the evolutionary genetics of phase polyphenism in locusts. Rearing facilities for the locusts are provided, together with access to our state-of-the-art genetics laboratory.
Escape responses in fiddler crabs
Understanding the sensory information which prompts flight from predators shows us how animals measure risk and avoid predation. Comparing field and laboratory experiments, this project has many possible variations to pursue.
Reproductive and behavioural ecology of guppies
Using the guppy (Poecilia reticulata), this research is focussed on pre- and postcopulatory sexual selection and their potential interactions within a number of contexts.
Targeted nanoparticles to deliver novel combinatorial treatments for secondary degeneration following neurotrauma
In this project, the student will generate nanoparticle based therapies to deliver combinations of calcium channel inhibitors directly to oligodendrocyte precursor cells, critical for maintaining myelin in tissue vulnerable to secondary degeneration following neurotrauma.
Vocal communication in the cooperatively breeding Western Australian magpie
This project investigates the incredibly complex world of magpie vocal communication.
Using ecophysiology to improve mine-site restoration (3 PhD positions)
Understanding plant-soil-climate interactions will help us create sustainable and diverse vegetation after mining.
Computational genomics: Understanding the genome
Using the latest computational tools and working with an expert team, you will analyse huge volumes of data, deciphering the genome to gain a greater understanding of plant genome evolution, diversity and help breed higher yielding climate resilient crops.