The Edith Cowan University has entered a new research collaboration agreement with Dampier Salt Ltd (DSL), part of the Rio Tinto group, which will pave the way for a series of research opportunities in Australia’s north west.


Initial projects administered under the research collaboration agreement will see ECU receive nearly $900,000 in funding over four and a half years to investigate the ecology and biodiversity of salt lakes and migratory bird habitats near DSL’s operations in north west Western Australia.


It is expected two new PhD, two Masters by Research and two Honours students will be funded by these research programs, with two major research projects already commenced as part of the collaboration agreement.