Elizabeth Sinclair

Dr, BSc ANU, PhD W.Aust

  • The University of Western Australia (M090), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Liz is an evolutionary biologist. Her research focuses on spatial patterns of genetic diversity and connectivity in temperate Australian seagrasses. Her current research focuses on understanding genomic diversity, gene expression and adaptation in changing marine environmental conditions for Shark Bay’s large temperate seagrasses. The outcomes have direct implications for how seagrass restoration activities are conducted on Country and in partnership with Malgana Peoples.

More broadly, her research contributes to an understanding of the processes impacting marine connectivity across the Australian continental shelf ecosystems and makes an important contribution to the development of benthic biodiversity conservation planning and restoration practices.

More detailed project information is available through https://www.seagrassresearch.net

Funding overview

2023-2025 NSW Environment Trust grant to Glasby et al. Impacts of future climate on the threatened seagrass Posidonia australis

2022 - 2023 Seagrass restoration at Useless Loop, Shark Bay.

2021-2024 ARC Discovery to Kendrick et al. Saving seagrass from climate change.

2019-2021 NESP Marine Biodiversity Hub to Kendrick, Statton & Sinclair. Assisting restoration of ecosystem engineers through seed-based and shoot-based programs in the Shark Bay WHS.

2018-2021 ARC Discovery to Kendrick et al. Seagrass adaptation and acclimation responses to extreme climatic events.

2018-2021 NSW Environment Trust grant to Verges et al. Healing Old wounds: restoring Posidonia australis in boat mooring scars.

2013-2016 ARC Linkage to Kendrick et al. Ecological and genetic connectivity in seagrasses: the role of sexual reproduction, dispersal and recruitment on meadow restoration.

2010-2013 ARC Linkage to Kendrick et al. Establishing genetic guidelines for the effective ecological restoration of seagrass meadows.

2008-2010 Cockburn Cement and Department of State Development, WA

2008 Dept. of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, Canberra

Roles and responsibilities

2017 - 2022 AMSA WA General board member 

2021 - United Nations Pool of Experts

Current projects

Impacts of future climate on the threatened seagrass Posidonia australis

Seagrass restoration at Useless Loop, Western Australia.

WAMSI Westport Marine Science Program - seagrass resilience.

Saving seagrass from climate change (ARC Discovery)

Teaching overview

2020 - 2021 Lara Oppermann Masters UWA Topic: Photo-physiological stress of seagrass under climate change scenarios. Co-supervisors: Prof Gary Kendrick, Prof Martha Ludwig

2018 - Ankje Frouws PhD Edith Cowan University, external supervisor, Topic: Genetic diversity and resilience of seagrass species in the Pilbara region and in the Ningaloo and the Shark Bay World Heritage sites of Western Australia. Co-supervisors: Dr Kathryn McMahon, Prof Paul Lavery

2018 - Mitchell Booth PhD University of Western Australia Topic: Seagrass adaptation and acclimation: gene expression responses to extreme climatic events. Co-supervisors: Dr Martin Breed, Prof Gary Kendrick

2018 - 2020 Jane Edgeloe BGPA Summer Scholarship Student and Masters University of Western Australia Topic: Genetic diversity in Posdonia australis across an environmental gradient in Shark Bay World Heritage site, Western Australia. Co-supervisors: Prof Jaqui Batley, Dr Janet Anthony

2016 - Henry Lambert BGPA Summer Scholarship Student

2011 - 2014 Suzy Evans PhD University of New South Wales Topic: Genetic diversity and trophic interactions in seagrass beds. Co-supervisors: Dr Adriana Verges, Dr Alistair Poore, Dr Peter Steinberg

2010 - 2014 Alison Ritchie PhD University of Western Australia Topic: A genetic assessment of ecological restoration success. Co-supervisors: Dr Siegy Krauss, Dr Paul Nevill, Prof Kingsley Dixon

2012 Ilena Gecan Honours University of Western Australia Topic: Realized pollen dispersal in the seagrass Posidonia australis. Co-supervisors: Dr Siegy Krauss, Prof Gary Kendrick

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Zoology, PhD, Genetic variation in two endangered marsupials: the Quokka, Setonix brachyurus, and Gilberts Potoroo, Potorous gilbertii, The University of Western Australia

Award Date: 30 Jan 1998

External positions

Research Scientist, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (Western Australia)

Industry keywords

  • Environmental
  • Oceans
  • Bioinformatics

Research expertise keywords

  • Evolutionary biology
  • Population genetics and genomics
  • Phylogeography
  • Conservation
  • Seagrass restoration
  • Gene expression


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