Conservation Biology Grant

This NCSSA funded and administered grant was initiated by us in 2003. Each year we offer honours and post-graduate students the opportunity to apply for grant funding of up to $3,300 to support their research into aspects of conservation biology.

Funds are available for research which is aimed at: improving understanding of the conservation status of species or ecological communities; providing recommendations for improvement of some aspect of biodiversity conservation; understanding the ecology of species or communities; and understanding threats to biodiversity and management of those threats.


2019 Conservation Biology Grant Winners


This year we partnered with the Biological Society SA for the first time and attracted 28 applications.chuditch

Congratulations to the successful recipients:

Ellyse Bunney (The University of Adelaide) - "Securing the sustainability of sandalwood: a multi-isotope approach to provenancing"

Tessa Manning (The University of Adelaide) - "Conservation genetics of reintroduced western quolls (Dasyurus geoffroii) at Arid Recovery reserve"

Isabelle Onley (The University of Adelaide) - "Conservation genomics and adaptations of translocated greater stick-nest rats under climate change"

Hayley Jose (The University of Adelaide) - "Understanding the ecological role of mutualistic interactions between an endangered marsupial, fungi and plants to conserve ecosystem function"

We wish our 2019 grant recipients the best of luck with their studies, and we look forward to sharing the fruits of their hard labour with you in future editions of Xanthopus



2018 Conservation Biology Grant Winners

Pair of Emydura macquarii - WarrawongAt our General Meeting on May 10th we announced the successful 2018 Conservation Biology

Grant recipients.

They are:

  • Claudia Santori (PhD, The University of Sydney), $2,000 for research on Influence of captivity on habitat choice of head-started juvenile Murray River Turtles (Emydura macquarii).
  • Briony Chamberlayne (PhD, The University of Adelaide), $1,510 for research into establishing ecologiocal baselines through bivalve geochemistry.

We wish our 2018 grant recipients the best of luck with their studies, and we look forward to sharing the fruits of their hard labour with you in future editions of Xanthopus

2017 Conservation Biology Grant Winners

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The NCSSA 2017 Conservation Biology Grants were announced at the 4th May meeting of the Society (held in conjunction with the Biology Society of SA meeting).

The recipients were::

Ellen Freeman (The University of Adelaide) - Diet of wild deer in South Australia

Juliana Silva (The University of Adelaide) - Gorse-mediated changes in soil during biological invasion

Tahlia Perry (The University of Adelaide) - "Developing molecular indicators for the health and reproduction of our iconic Australian echidnas"

We congratulate all the recipients for 2017 and look forward to reading and hearing about the outcomes of their research in the coming year.  Conservation Biology Grant recipients are required to submit a short article for publication in Xanthopus and also to present a short talk at a General Meeting.

2016 Conservation Biology Grant


certificateCongratulations to the 2016 winners:

Marlee Crawford - “Combining genetics and bioclimatic modelling to inform sandalwood management”

Ben Parslow - "Biodiversity, systematics and host associations of Australian Gasteruption.

Hannah Bannister - “Factors influencing the population persistence of brushtail reintroduction into a semi-arid environment”