Dr David Coates

Project Leader
WA State Gov - Department Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions

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.

Reading the black book: The number, timing, distribution and causes of listed extinctions in Australia
Biological Conservation
Threatened plant translocation in Australia: A review
Science for Saving Species Magazine Issue 9 Spring 2018
Guidelines for the translocation of threatened plants in Australia, Third Edition
Australian Network for Plant Conservation
Threatened plant translocations
National Action Plan for Australia’s most imperilled plant species