School of Biological Sciences

Our vision: Biology without borders

Our mission: Investigating Earth’s biodiversity and natural environments to ensure sustainable futures through effective engagement

The School of Biological Sciences is a large, multidisciplinary School with research and teaching focused on understanding and conserving life on Earth. Understanding and communicating the vulnerabilities, adaptability and resilience of plants and animals on land and in our rivers and oceans helps to better value and protect the biodiversity around us.

As biologists, we are passionate about understanding how all forms of life – microorganisms, fungi, plants and animals – grow, acclimate, sense the world around them, communicate, defend themselves, reproduce and evolve. We study how species and ecosystems can be managed, conserved and restored. Our work also provides knowledge to advance sustainability, food production, plant and animal disease management, environmental management, climate science, medical science and science communication.

Our researchers tackle challenges to society in laboratories and at field sites across the world, studying plants and animals and their habitats in both natural and managed environments. We use techniques ranging from molecular and genetic analyses to novel and cutting-edge techniques like genomics and environmental DNA and big-data synthesis to assess and monitor whole populations, communities and ecosystems both regionally and globally. We are committed to engaging with diverse communities through innovative, inclusive, and evidence-based practise. Read more about our achievements in our latest research report.

Our teaching supports undergraduate majors in botany, biodiversity and evolution, conservation biology, marine biology, marine science, neuroscience, plant biology, wildlife conservation and zoology, as well as minors in science communication and ecology. At the Masters level, we deliver specialisations in bioinformatics, conservation biology, marine biology and zoology within the Master of Biological Sciences, as well as a Master of Science Communication.


Research projects

Research centres and groups

Multidisciplinary research hubs


Community and engagement

The School values its links with the community, reaching out to share its knowledge and expertise. Our academics and students actively engage with school children and community events, such as Perth Royal Show, Perth Science Festival. In addition, they give radio interviews, newspaper articles and public talks.


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Details of all our upcoming events can be found on our events calendar below.

Events calendar


  • Pharmaceuticals in waterways pose risk to fish

    Wed, 10 Feb 2021

    Fish populations around the world are at risk due to growing levels of pharmaceutical contamination in waterways.

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  • Forrest scholarships support budding young scientists

    Thu, 21 Jan 2021

    Three students have been awarded prestigious Forrest Scholarships to carry out research at The University of Western Australia.

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  • Three bright minds awarded prestigious international scholarships

    Mon, 18 Jan 2021

    A medical researcher, engineering student and dentistry student from UWA have received 2021 Fulbright scholarships.

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School of Biological Sciences Seminar Series

The School holds a weekly seminar series featuring local and international guest speakers. The seminars are held each Friday at 3pm with afternoon tea prior to the seminars at 2.45pm.

Information about the seminar topics and venue can be found in the fortnightly School of Biological Sciences Newsletter.

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Annual Report

The annual report for the School of Biological Sciences for 2017 is available in PDF and outlines our achievements and Financial statements.

SBS Annual Research Report 2017 (PDF 4.2MB)
Download the word document version here.

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