About us

Established in 2012, the CBA is a joint initiative of ANU and CSIRO founded on world-class biodiversity science spanning evolutionary biology, genomics, bioinformatics, spatial modelling, population and ecosystem ecology, and paleoecology; and key infrastructure such as the National Biological Collections and advanced genomic and computer laboratories, including the Ecogenomics and Bioinformatics Lab (EBL).

The capacity and reach of the CBA was further developed in 2018 with the University of Canberra (UC) joining the Centre.

Within our core focus of using biodiversity science to understand and protect Australia’s fauna and flora, the CBA supports and coordinates:


The CBA is based in Canberra at the ANU, UC and CSIRO Black Mountain laboratories, and the other national CSIRO collections outside Canberra. We link scientists and their research across:

  • ANU
    • Ecology and Evolution (E&E) and Plant Science (PS) in the Research School of Biology (RSB)
    • Fenner School of Environment and Society (FSES)
    • Archaeology and Natural History (ANH) in the School of Culture, History and Language (CHL)
    • Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR)
  • University of Canberra
    • Institute of Applied Ecology
    • National Research Collections Australia (NRCA), Facilities and Collections (Canberra, Townsville and Hobart)
    • Biodiversity, Ecosystem Knowledge and Services (BEKS), Land and Water Flagship
    • Agriculture Flagship
    • Biosecurity Flagship

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. Post docs and students are considered part of the CBA via their lab group's membership and can be included on our Early Career Researcher (ECR) Register here.


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:  09 August 2020/Responsible Officer:  Director/Page Contact:  Coordinator