Research Scientist (Restoration Ecology)
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fraser Avenue
West Perth Western Australia 6005
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(+61 8) 9480 3622
(+61 8) 9480 3641

Research interests

  • Ecological restoration

  • Arid zone mine site rehabilitation and restoration
  • Coastal zone restoration and management
  • Wetland ecology, restoration and management
  • Plant and soil interactions

Academic background

AB, Geography with Geology minor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1999
MEM, Resource Ecology, Duke University, 2003
PhD, Conservation Biology, University of New Orleans, 2007

Professional background

2011 – Present. Research Scientist, Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, and Adjunct Lecturer, University of Western Australia (Perth, Western Australia)
2010 – 2011. Restoration Ecologist, H.T. Harvey and Associates Ecological Consultants (Los Gatos, California)
2007 – 2010. Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, CSIRO Plant Industry (Canberra, Australia Capital Territory)
2005 – 2007. Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellow, United States Environmental Protection Agency and University of New Orleans (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Major projects


  1. Borrow site restoration within the Shark Bay World Heritage Area (primary investigator). This project is a multi-year collaboration between Kings Park and Botanic Garden and Shark Bay Resources, an evaporative solar salt facility based at Useless Loop, Western Australia. The project aims to identify factors influencing vegetation establishment in disturbed arid coastal settings and increase Shark Bay Resources’ restoration capabilities, particularly site preparation, seed delivery, and seedling growth and establishment.

  2. Mine site vegetation restoration in the Midwest of WA (supporting role). This is a multi-year collaboration between Kings Park and Botanic Garden and the Sinosteel Midwest Corporation. The project is being lead by Drs Lucy Commander (seed ecologist) and Luis Mereno Martin (ecohydrologist) of Kings Park and Botanic Garden, with field sites in banded iron formations of the Koolanooka and Blue Hills ranges. This project aims to identify the suitability of various growth media for seed germination and seedling growth and establishment, as well as the restoration of a threatened ecological community.

  3. Mine site rehabilitation in the Great Sandy Desert, Western Australia (supporting role). This is a two-year collaborative investigation between Kings Park and Botanic Garden and Birla Nifty (Aditya Birla Minerals) Copper Mine lead by restoration ecologist Dr Peter Golos. The aims of this study are to evaluate different growth media (e.g., waste rock) and identify their suitability for seed germination and seedling growth and establishment, and develop protocols for restoring locally significant plant communities in areas with a long and varied disturbance history.

Referred publications

Mayence, C. E., and M. W. Hester. 2011. Assessment of a multi-species planting approach for restoring thick-mat floating marsh, Louisiana, USA. Restoration Ecology 19(2):216-224.

Mayence, C. E., Marshall, D. J., and R. C. Godfree. 2010. Hydrologic and mechanical control for an invasive wetland plant, Juncus ingens, and implications for managing Murray River floodplain wetlands, Australia. Wetlands Ecology and Management 18(6):717-730.

Mayence, C. E., and M. W. Hester. 2010. Growth and allocation by a keystone wetland plant, Panicum hemitomon, and implications for managing and rehabilitating coastal freshwater marshes, Louisiana, USA. Wetlands Ecology and Management 18(2): 149-163.

Mayence, C. E., and M. W. Hester. 2005. Study examines techniques for restoring maidencane-dominated thick-mat floating marsh (Louisiana). Ecological Restoration 23(4):272-273.