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.

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.
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.
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.
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.