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Elizabeth Sinclair

Senior Research Fellow, School of Biological Sciences and The UWA Oceans Institute, The 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.


  • 2010–present
    Senior Research Fellow, The University of Western Australia
  • 2008–2010
    Research Scientist, Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority
  • 2004–2007
    Research Associate, Murdoch University
  • 1998–2004
    Research Fellow, Brigham Young University


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

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Healing Old wounds: restoring Posidonia australis in boat mooring scars
    Funding Source:
    NSW Environment Trust
  • 2018
    Assisting restoration of ecosystem engineers through seed-based and shoot-based programs in the Shark Bay World Heritage Site
    Funding Source:
    NESP Marine Biodiversity Hub
  • 2008
    A survey of the Muddy Lakes area in Western Australia for Quokkas
    Funding Source:
    Australian Government (DEWHA)

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Marine Science Association
  • Genetics Society of AustralAsia
  • Society for Ecological Restoration
  • Seagrass Restoration Network