Citizen Science


Our collaboration between experienced scientists, young graduates, conservation biology & environmental science students and local community activists has achieved amazing things.

In just a few short years our intrepid bush-boffins have:

  • developed a Fairy Tern Conservation Guide and regional conservation strategies for the South West 
  • discovered how fugitive lead in Esperance is transferred through the environment
  • discovered how seabirds and bat communities are responding to climate change
  • discovered the presence of selenium contamination in the Albany waterways
  • discovered methyl-mercury contamination in Cockburn Sound
  • discovered the extent to which road transport is spreading GM canola across our south-west.
  • collected vital information on the ecological outcomes of feral predator eradication on islands
  • collected vital information on ecosystem development in re-vegetated farmland in the Gondwana Link and on the fauna of Bush Heritage Reserves.
  • developed and road-tested a fauna sampling training program to build community monitoring capacity in natural resource management
  • assisted in the development of a management plan for an Indigenous Protected Area. 

On the drawing board are more projects with Aboriginal groups and threatened species. 

For more information, contact Dr Nic Dunlop on 08 9420 7266 or email


Citizen Science Resources

Citizen Science Handbook (pdf)

Fauna Sampling Manual (pdf)

The Fairy Tern Conservation Guide is available on the Fairy Tern project page.