About us

Established in 2012, the CBA is a joint initiative of ANU and CSIRO founded on world-class strengths spanning evolutionary biology, genomics, bioinformatics, spatial ecology, and paleoecology; and key infrastructure such as the National Biological Collections and advanced genomic and computer laboratories.

Within our core focus of incorporating genomics, bioinformatics and spatial modelling into evolutionary biology to understand and protect Australia’s biodiversity, the CBA supports and coordinates:


The CBA is based in Canberra at the ANU and CSIRO Black Mountain laboratories, and the other national CSIRO collections outside Canberra. The Centre is administered from the Research School of Biology, ANU. See Location & facilities for more information.

Please contact the CBA Coordinator if you would like to be included on the CBA’s email list for news, seminar, workshop and funding announcements.

If you would like your lab to be involved in CBA activites and included on our Members page, please send us your contact details and research interests relevant to the scope of the CBA. Students are considered part of the CBA via their supervisor's membership.


About our logo

A DNA strand spans the plant (eucalypt leaf) and animal (feather) components that form the elytra of a beetle - a definitive symbol of biodiversity, comprising an estimated one fifth of all known living organisms on earth. The beetle's membranous hind-wings are phylogenetic trees that, together with the DNA, represent evolutionary biology and biodiversity analysis. A globe, representing ecosystems and spatial ecology, forms the beetle's abdomen. Designed by Sharyn Wragg.

Updated:  19 January 2018/Responsible Officer:  Director/Page Contact:  Coordinator