Director, Science and Conservation Division, Department of Parks and Wildlife, Western Australia
Dr Margaret Byrne is a conservation scientist whose plant genetics research informs conservation strategies for rare and threatened plants as well as biodiversity conservation at landscape scales in relation to pollen dispersal, remnant viability and restoration. Her phylogeographic studies have provided a greater understanding of the evolutionary history of the biota, and its influence on current distributions, patterns of genetic diversity and location of refugia. Her current research is focussed on genetic contributions to climate adaptation strategies.
Margaret is currently Director of the Science and Conservation Division in the Western Australian Department of Parks and Wildlife where she is responsible for the integration of science, policy and on-ground management for biodiversity conservation. She obtained a PhD from The University of Western Australia and was a Post-doctoral Fellow at CSIRO in Canberra before returning to Perth to develop and manage a molecular conservation genetics program in the then Department of Conservation and Land Management. She has published over 175 refereed articles and remains active in conservation genetics in conjunction with taking on a science management role.