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.

Fisheries ecology and oceanography to inform management of the western rock lobster
The Western Rock Lobster Council (WRLC) and Fisheries Research Development Corporation have funded UWA and Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development-Fisheries to investigate an area at the center of the fishery with unusually low lobster abundance.
The role of seed dormancy in future proofing seagrass populations
Seagrasses are resilient habitats, persisting in environments that are constantly challenged by changing conditions and novel human impacts. Understanding how they do this is the key to future-proofing seagrass populations at risk from change.
Ecosystem resilience of Shark Bay under changing ocean climate
The main goal of this project is to understand the ecosystem scale consequences of climate-driven changes in primary producers in the Shark Bay World Heritage Area.
Assessing the ecosystem-wide risks of assisted colonisation
This project focuses on developing new methods to predict the ecosystem-wide impacts of assisted colonisation. Our goal is to create a tool that can adequately assess risk before attempts to establish populations in novel ecosystems go ahead. With case studies in Australia and California, you will be part of an exciting project team that can deliver tangible benefits to conservation.
Establishing the causative nature of mutations that underlie human brain developmental disorder
This project will use CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing to study the functional impact of novel mutations in human pluripotent cells grown as cerebral organoids.
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.
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.
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.
Vocal communication in the cooperatively breeding Western Australian magpie
This project investigates the incredibly complex world of magpie vocal communication.
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.