Harry Butler Institute
Benefiting communities by championing research at the intersection of business and biodiversity. Inspired by our namesake, research centres at the Harry Butler Institute collaborate across academia, public sector, and industry on projects with impacts ranging from local to global.
Collaborating to Preserve Western Australian Biodiversity
Through careful and knowledgeable stewardship, the Vasse River’s liver was preserved as vital construction was safely completed.
Researchers at the Harry Butler Institute, lead by Dr. Stephen Beatty, partnered with the City of Busselton to carefully relocate, foster, and return endangered Carter’s mussel during the reconstruction of a bridge across the Vasse River in Western Australia. Temporarily hosted by Iluka in restored wetland habitat, these river “livers” are back to providing an essential environmental service to the Vasse River. Watch the video to learn how this partnership both ensured the survival of a threatened species and supported the economic growth of Western Australia’s southwest region.
Community. Business. Biodiversity.
As experts in sustainable development, our researchers and industry professionals enable business to deliver maximum economic value to our community, whilst simultaneously safeguarding the environment. Through collaborations with public entities and community groups, the Harry Butler Institute also facilitates high quality research on topics related to terrestrial, aquatic, and marine ecology and resource management. Our achievements arise from activities in four primary areas…
The Harry Butler Institute ensures that all of its conservation and life science research efforts are multidisciplinary, collaborative, and translational to maximise their public benefit.
Global knowedge of biodiversity and biosecurity practice is furthered by the Harry Butler Institute’s scientific publishing support for our researchers and research partners.
By facilitating access to vital natural laboratories, including the Harry Butler Research Centre on the Barrow Island, the Institute assists partners in accessing resources for scientific field work.
By supporting higher education in biosecurity and environmental science, the Harry Butler Institute is helping develop the next generation of practicioners and academics.
"Everything in the world has a place and a purpose and it belongs with something else and it relates to something else."
The Harry Butler Institute brings together industry specialists and Murdoch University academics concentrated in four broad research centres to achieve our common goal. Each centre itself comprises dedicated working groups on topics of high relevance and value to society, which enables the coexistence of focused research and interdisciplinary efforts.
Centre for One Health & Biosecurity
Undertaking both fundamental and applied biosecurity research across terrestrial and aquatic systems, the Centre for One Health & Biosecurity covers food and fibre production systems, through to protection of our Australia’s diverse environment.
Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Ecosystems
Efforts to ensure healthy and productive freshwater, estuarine, and marine ecosystems that support diverse societies within Australia are centralised within the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Ecosystems
Centre for Climate Impacted Terrestrial Ecosystems
Research within the Centre for Climate Impacted Terrestrial Ecosystems provides information to regulators and managers for identifying biodiversity processes and threats, understanding of conservation science, and environmental stewardship.
Centre for Water Energy & Waste
Supplies of water and energy, as well as the management of waste, are fundamental to modern life. The Centre for Water Energy and Waste focuses on research that supports these vital services while ensuring that their impact on biodiversity is minimised.
Investing in Environmental Education in Western Australia
The Harry Butler Institute introduces our largest step yet toward greater educational opportunities for life sciences and conservation in Western Australia.
Ground is breaking soon on the Harry Butler Environmental Education Centre due to a collaborative effort between the Institute, Murdoch University, multiple levels of government, and industry partners. Located at the gateway to Beeliar Regional Park on Murdoch University’s Perth campus, the HBEEC will serve as a confluence for the community to engage with and enhance the biodiversity of Western Australia and abroad.