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+61 8 9219 9040

+61 8 9334 0327
Street Address
17 Dick Perry Avenue, Technology Park, Western Precinct, Kensington WA 6151, Australia
Postal Address
Locked Bag 104, Bentley Delivery Centre WA 6983, Australia


Matthew Williams is the Science Division’s Biometrician. He completed a Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Western Australia in 1981, with majors in mathematics and botany, a graduate diploma in computing studies at Murdoch University in 1994, and a Ph D in 2009. As the Divisional biometrician, he is responsible for ensuring efficient experimental design and analysis, and for maintaining high standards of research planning. He also has a research interest in the conservation of Western Australia’s butterflies, particularly those of the south west.


  • Experimental design and analysis
  • Butterflies of the south west

Brief CV


1978-1980: Bachelor of Science degree, University of Western Australia; Major subjects: Botany, Mathematics.

1981: Honours in Botany, University of Western Australia.

1986-1993: Graduate Diploma in Computer Studies, Curtin University and Murdoch University.

2000-2009: Doctor of Philosophy, Curtin University


1983-1985: Research Officer, Western Australian Education Department.

1985-1987: Research Officer, Western Australian Health Department.

1987-current: Senior Research Scientist (Biometrician), Western Australian Department of Conservation and Land Management.


  • Conservation of the graceful sun-moth
  • Conservation of the arid bronze azure butterfly
  • Population dynamics and ecology of Carnaby's black-cockatoo