Daniel Gilmore Scholarship

The Daniel Gilmore Scholarship was established by Biosis in memory of Zoologist Dan Gilmore. Dan had a passion for the natural world. This passion and knowledge was passed on to countless Biosis staff who worked with him during his 21 years with us. 

Sadly, Dan passed away in September 2022. 

Dan contributed immensely to ecology and conservation throughout his life. His formative years were spent immersed in the natural world, building a wealth of first-hand knowledge from careful personal observation. From a young age, Dan was involved in conservation work on the Helmeted Honeyeater and Leadbeater’s Possum. He worked as a manager of bush regeneration crews, managed threatened species in the zoos industry and eventually studied Conservation Ecology with the assistance of a scholarship from the Smith Family, before joining Biosis in 2001.  

During his time at Biosis, Dan played key roles in the management of threatened species and ecological communities. He was always working on raising the profile of threatened species and increasing our awareness of their plights. Dan was an excellent nature photographer and an avid contributor to biodiversity databases, such as the Victorian Biodiversity Atlas. He always espoused the importance of species occurrence data as underpinning the work of ecological consultants. He had an unrivalled knack for spotting significant or unusual species and regularly submitted interesting and important observations that he made in his spare time.  

Dan also assisted and mentored many students over the years with their wildlife ecology research projects. The Daniel Gilmore Scholarship is a way of continuing Dan’s legacy.


The purpose of this scholarship is to assist an Honours student with field work and/or living expenses during their study.

  • Student type: Honours
  • Area of study: Wildlife Ecology
  • Total value: $3,000
  • Duration: one year


The Daniel Gilmore Scholarship is open to people who:

  • Have been accepted into an Honours program at an accredited Australian university
  • Are undertaking an Honours topic in Wildlife Ecology


Applications for the scholarship are now closed, the winner will be announced shortly.


The Scholarship annual value will be paid in one instalment at the beginning of the scholarship period.

If the recipient defers their study they will no longer be eligible for the scholarship. If the scholarship is terminated it may be awarded to another suitable applicant.

The awardee may be asked to provide a photo of themselves and information regarding their project for Biosis’ website and social media accounts.