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TitleFloristic surveys of Walpole Wilderness peat swamps and assessing their endangerment
SupervisorProf Stephen Hopper
Research areaBiological Sciences
Project description

There is an urgent need to document the range of flora found in peat swamps across the Walpole Wilderness region to tie in with large scale geomorphological, hydrological and fauna surveys under Noongar Elder guidance. Collectively, this research will better inform conservation strategies and help identify the rarest and most threatened floristic peat communities. DNA studies of key threatened species may be undertaken to document population level patterns of divergence and hybridization.

Opportunity statusOpen
Open date01 Jan 2024
Close date31 Oct 2024
Funding source

Ian Potter Foundation 

SchoolSchool of Biological Sciences

This interdisciplinary project is hosted by School of Biological Sciences principal supervisor Professor Stephen Hopper AC (UWA) and co-supervised by Dr Margaret Byrnes (DBCA) and Dr Rachel Binks (UWA).

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the first principal supervisor Professor Stephen Hopper AC at steve.hopper@uwa.edu.au for more information. Please include a cover letter describing your interest in the field, CV, publications, an academic transcript, relevant supporting documents of prior research, and the names and contact details of two potential referees.

Specific project requirement

Prospective candidates should have Masters or Honours degree (first class or equivalent) that includes botanical survey. Good interpersonal communication and the ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team will be expected from the candidate. The ability for independent, organized work and advanced communication skills in English (oral and written) are also essential.


Floristic surveys of Walpole Wilderness peat swamps and assessing their endangerment