Scientific research at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria supports a range of conservation and sustainability initiatives, including the propagation of endangered native orchids and the work of the Victorian Conservation Seedbank. Our scientists play a key role in discovering and naming plants (taxonomy), in resolving their relationships and evolutionary history (systematics), and in the identification of new non-native plants and fungi in the Australian landscape.

Our research broadly includes:

  • Ecology
  • Biogeography
  • Mycology
  • Conservation Genetics
  • DNA Barcoding
  • Biogeography and Phylogeography
  • Seed science


Jim Willis Studentships

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria annually invites applications for vacation studentships honouring the late Dr James Hamlyn Willis.

The studentships available for 2022–23 have been announced and applications are welcomed up until 14 October 2022.