demography fire ecology granite outcrops habitat fragmentation pollination biology population biology population dynamics rarity threatened species vegetation dynamics

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+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


Principal Research Scientist in the Flora Conservation and Herbarium, and Landscape Conservation programs.

Colin Yates undertakes research and provides expert scientific advice on managing and conserving Western Australia's diverse flora and vegetation. He has extensive research experience in the conservation biology of threatened plant species and ecological communities, the impacts of ecosystem fragmentation on plant populations, the dynamics of remnant native vegetation, invasive weeds, and the ecology and restoration of temperate eucalypt woodlands.


  • Pollination and reproductive biology
  • Plant demography and population viability modeling
  • Fire ecology
  • Restoration ecology and landscape ecology.

Brief CV

Academic qualifications

Bachelor of Science 1987, University of Western Australia.

Bachelor of Science (Honours 1st Class) 1990. Australian National University, Canberra.

Doctor of Philosophy 1995, Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia.

Employment history

Principal Research Scientist (2005-). Department of Environment and Conservation.

Senior Research Scientist (1999 - 2005). Department of Conservation and Land Management.

Research Fellow (1997-1998). Science Directorate, Kings Park, Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, West Perth.

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (1995-1996). CSIRO Division of Wildlife and Ecology.

Adjunct appointments

Adjunct Associate Professor (2004-). School of Environmental Science, Murdoch University

Professional Societies

Ecological Society of Australia.


  • The population ecology of Critically Endangered flora.
  • Causes of rarity in four Tetratheca taxa in the goldfields region.
  • Fire, fragmentation, weeds and the conservation of plant diversity in Wheatbelt Nature Reserves.
  • Fire, fragmentation and small mammals, synergistic impacts on ecosystem dynamics.
  • Genetics and ecological viability of plant populations in remnant vegetation.
  • Molecular ecological analysis of vegetation function in fragmented Australian biomes.
  • The fire ecology of the Eastern Stirling Range Montane Heath and Thicket Threatened Ecological Community.
  • Assessing the long-term viability of the locally endemic flora occurring in a Busselton Ironstones Threatened Ecological Community.