School of Biological Sciences

Our vision: Biology without borders

Our mission: Investigating the Earth’s species and natural environments to ensure sustainable futures

The School of Biological Sciences is a large, multidisciplinary School with research and teaching focused on understanding and conserving life on Earth. Understanding the vulnerabilities and resilience of species and the ecosystems in which they live helps to better value and protect life on our planet.

As biologists, we are passionate about understanding how living organisms – microorganisms, fungi, plants and animals – grow, adapt, sense the world around them, communicate, reproduce and evolve. We study how species and ecosystems can be managed, conserved and restored. Our work also provides clues to advance food production, treatment of plant and animal diseases and medical science.

Our researchers tackle challenges in the laboratory and at field sites across the world, studying plants and animals in both natural and managed environments. We use techniques ranging from molecular and genetic analysis, to data collection from whole populations, communities and ecosystems, to big-data synthesis science. We are committed to the communication of science to our communities. Read more about achievements in our latest research report.

Our teaching supports majors in botany, conservation biology, marine science, neuroscience and zoology, as well as a secondary major in science communication.

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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.

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News

When science and industry work together to answer crucial ocean questions
Sun, 26 Jan 2020

For Perth born and bred PhD candidate Todd Bond, the ocean has always been a major part of his life. So it’s probably little surprise his thesis is firmly anchored in the sea.

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OI team prepare for an expedition of epic proportions
Tue, 21 Jan 2020

While many of us are settling back into the start of the year at work, a team of Oceans Institute researchers are getting ready for a ground-breaking second expedition to the depths of the ocean off Western Australia.

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Great Southern Reef recognised internationally for biodiversity
Thu, 5 Dec 2019

Australia’s Great Southern Reef has been named Mission Blue’s newest ‘Hope Spot’ – a special place that’s critical to maintaining the health of our oceans – thanks to a PhD researcher at The University of Western Australia.

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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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