David Coates is a Senior Principal Research Scientist and Program Leader for the Flora Conservation and Herbarium Program and responsible for coordinating and facilitating research in flora conservation and plant systematics in the Department of Parks and Wildlife in Western Australia.
Program activities cover ecological and genetic studies, recovery of rare and threatened plant species especially translocations and reintroductions, seed banking, taxonomy and systematics of the Western Australian flora and research aimed at the amelioration of threatening processes such as Phytophthora dieback, habitat fragmentation and climate change.
Included in the Program are the Western Australian Herbarium and the Threatened Flora Seed Centre. David’s research interests cover conservation biology, conservation genetics, restoration genetics and evolutionary biology. He is adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia and Murdoch University.