Elizabeth Sinclair

Senior Research Fellow, University of Western Australia

Liz is an evolutionary biologist. Her research focuses on patterns of genetic diversity and connectivity at different spatial scales in temperate Australian seagrasses (Posidonia spp.), from clonal diversity, mating systems, population genetics, long distance dispersal and recruitment. Genetic patterns are interpreted using a multidisciplinary approach – oceanography, regional hydrodynamic spatial modelling, and life history traits (pollen and seed dispersal and recruitment), with implication for seagrass restoration. Her current research focuses on understanding genomic diversity, gene expression and adaptation in changing marine environmental conditions for Shark Bay’s large temperate seagrasses. This research also contributes to an understanding of the processes impacting on marine connectivity across the Australian continental shelf ecosystems and makes an important contribution to the development of benthic biodiversity conservation planning and restoration practices.

Experience

  • 2008–2010
    Research Scientist, Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority
  • 2004–2007
    Research Associate, Murdoch University
  • 1998–2004
    Research Fellow, Brigham Young University

Education

  • 1998 
    University of Western Australia, PhD
  • 1993 
    Australian National University, Bachelor Science (Honours I)

Grants and Contracts

  • 2008
    A survey of the Muddy Lakes area in Western Australia for Quokkas
    Role:
    Consultant
    Funding Source:
    Australian Government (DEWHA)

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Marine Science Association
  • Genetics Society of AustralAsia
  • Mammal Society of Australia
  • Royal Society of Western Australia
  • Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia