Ecology and conservation

Understanding the natural world and its diverse environments


Ecologists study how species interact with each other, with other species, and with their physical environment. At UWA, we seek to understand the ecological and evolutionary causes of patterns of abundance and extinction, the processes that maintain the balance of natural ecosystems, and how to achieve conservation success.

The diverse landscape and extensive coastline of Western Australia provides abundant opportunities to study species in spectacular marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments. We also work extensively across a wide range of environments and climates around the world.

Ecology research

Conservation research


Our researchers work collaboratively to improve ecological understanding and conservation activities. Their work is influencing policy and driving change to reduce human impact on the environment.

Marine Futures Laboratory

Our research focuses on marine ecological questions relevant to conservation and largely explores the influence of human activities on marine ecosystems.

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Sea Around Us - Indian Ocean

We investigate, assess and communicate the impact of fisheries on the marine ecosystems of the world, and offer mitigating solutions to a range of stakeholders

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Threatened Species Recovery Hub

The Threatened Species Recovery Hub brings together leading ecological experts to carry out research that improves the management of Australia’s threatened species.

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Study finds modern slavery promotes overfishing
Thu, 8 Nov 2018

Labour abuses including modern slavery are ‘hidden subsidies’ that allow distant-water fishing fleets to remain profitable and promote overfishing, according to new research from The University of Western Australia and the Sea Around Us initiative at the University of British Columbia.

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Understanding enzyme could help produce frost-resistant crops
Fri, 19 Oct 2018

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have found that an enzyme in plants, ATP Synthase, plays a critical role in how plants respond to the cold.

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Female guppy fish choose sperm from preferred males
Wed, 3 Oct 2018

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have found that female guppy fish are highly selective when it comes to choosing the father of their babies.

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Postgraduate courses

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