The Science team undertakes research in native plant biology, underpinning conservation and ecological restoration of Western Australia's unique biodiversity.

Recent highlights include:

30 August 2018

Together with colleagues from the University of Arizona, Murdoch University, Edith Cowan University, CSIRO, DBCA, and the UWA Oceans Institute, Dr Katinka Ruthrof co-authored a paper on the impacts of the 2011 heatwave on a broad range of taxa.

26 August 2018

Drs Todd Erickson, Miriam Muñoz Rojas, and David Merritt attended the National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration, New Orleans, 26 – 30th August, along with UWA engineering colleague Dr Andrew Guzzomi and US collaborator Dr Mathew Madsen, as part of the Kings Park Science project on eco-engineering to improved seed technologies and mechanised delivery systems for large-scale restoration.

24 August 2018

A new paper by Dr Siegy Krauss and colleagues highlights the effectiveness of camera traps for quantifying daytime and nightime visitation by vertebrate pollinators.

22 August 2018

Dr Katinka Ruthrof, as part of a team from Edith Cowan University, and Murdoch University, co-authored a paper on how drought-induced forest mortality changes rhizosphere communities.

16 August 2018

PhD student Laura Skates awarded the Friends of Kings Park Vic Galea Scholarship, allowing her to take part in the Carnivorous Plants exhibit to be held at the Calyx exhibition centre, at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney.

15 August 2018

BGPA won the 2018 Premier's Science Award in the category of science engagement for Rio Tinto Naturescape and Kings Park Education. The Awards cover all fields of science, and recipients exemplify the outstanding scientific research and engagement taking place in Western Australia.

11 August 2018

PhD student Olga Kildisheva publishes her paper with Kings Park Science colleagues Drs Todd Erickson and David Merritt, detailing the seed germination and dormancy traits of forbs and shrubs important for restoration of North American dryland ecosystems.

8 August 2018

As part of a team from Murdoch University, and the University of Arizona, Dr Katinka Ruthrof co-authored a paper on the interaction between chronic and acute drought.

4 August 2018

Together with colleagues from UWA and Edith Cowan University, Dr Katinka Ruthrof co-authored a paper on a study examining the endemic microbial activity on Christmas Island.

31 July 2018

Dr Ben Anderson wins a BioOne Ambassador award for excellence in communication by an early career researcher. These international awards spotlight rising scholars and generate a wider interest in the recently published research on spinifex taxonomy.

30 July 2018

Drs David Merritt, Emma Dalziell, and Wolfgang Lewandrowski attended the 2nd ISSS Seed Longevity Workshop meeting in Ft Collins. Dr Dalziell talked on her work developing respirometry techniques to predict seed longevity. Dr Merritt provided a keynote presentation highlighting the work of Kings Park Science in seed conservation and ecology.

27 July 2018

Dr Elizabeth Sinclair co-authors two chapters on connectivity and restoration in a new book 'Seagrasses of Australia: Structure, Ecology and Conservation'.

25 July 2018

Dr Emma Dalziell and Dr David Merritt publish a paper with colleagues describing the type of seed dormancy in water lilies.

21 July 2018

As part of a team from Murdoch University, the NSW Department of Primary Industries and Edith Cowan University, Dr Katinka Ruthrof co-authored a paper on a study examining the impacts of digging mammals on rhizosphere fungi.

19 July 2018

PhD student Nicole Bezemer wins the Ecological Society of Australia Wiley Fundamental Ecology Award for her research on the ecological genetic consequences of bird pollination in Eucalyptus caesia.

6 July 2018

Sadichhya Adhikari awarded Masters at UWA for her research on seed sourcing for restoration under climate change, finding climate relevant provenance effects on germination responses to temperature and water variation for Stylidium hispidum.

4 July 2018

Dr Hongyuan Ma, alongside Drs Todd Erickson and David Merritt, publishes a paper from her work completed during a sabbatical at Kings Park Science on how dormancy regulates the germination of the kanagaroo paw, Anigozanthos viridis.

3 July 2018

PhD student Laura Skates awarded 1st prize for her poster presentation 'How carnivorous are carnivorous plants?' at the 11th International Conference on the Applications of Stable Isotope Techniques to Ecological Studies.

2 July 2018

Dr Jason Stevens has been appointed as Kings Park Science Program Leader, within the Biodiversity and Conservation Science Directorate of DBCA, which is led by Executive Director Dr Margaret Byrne.

27 June 2018

PhD students Lauren Svejcar, Simone Pedrini and Susan Whiteley, and Dr Adam Cross, were this year's successful WA Fresh Scientists. These early-career scientists took part in media and communications training that culminated in a public presentation challenge where they showcased their research.

23 June 2018

Susan Whiteley awarded a PhD for her research on ex situ conservation of the threatened Androcalva perlaria (Malvaceae s.l.) and implications for in situ restoration.

13 June 2018

Dr Siegy Krauss co-authors a paper that identifies priority actions to improve decision making around the provenance of seed for restoration.

6 June 2018

Dr Katinka Ruthrof with colleagues from UWA and Murdoch University co-authors a paper about how mammal diggings help seedlings grow.

1 June 2018

Dr Katinka Ruthrof and colleagues from Murdoch University publish a paper on transitioning mining to agriculture, focusing on the responses of sorghum to nitrogen.

Dr Carole Elliott, Kylie Wilkinson and Dr Shane Turner published their case study on the translocation of a threatened species Ricinocarpos brevis in Bulletin of the Australian Network for Plant Conservation, 26(4):12-15.

21 May 2018

Dr Thomas Robson, Dr Peter Golos, Dr Jason Stevens and Dr Nathan Reid publish a paper that examined the effect of a shallow sandy topsoil cover overlying mildly reactive, circum‐neutral copper ore tailings on seedling emergence, growth, and root development.

4 May 2018

A paper published by Drs Miriam Muñoz-Rojas, Todd Erickson, David Merritt, and international colleagues demonstrates that cyanobacteria inoculation can rapidly modify properties of reconstructed soil substrates, including through increasing soil carbon 4-fold, underpinning the potential key role of these organisms as bio-tools to initiate recovery of soil functions in infertile, reconstructed soil substrates.

9 April 2018

Kate Stanbury, Dr Jason Stevens and Dr Alison Ritchie publish a paper in Land Degradation and Development which identifies factors in a post‐pine (Pinus pinaster) plantation ecosystem that could limit successful restoration of highly biodiverse Banksia woodlands.

25 March 2018

Dr Katinka Ruthrof and colleagues from Murdoch University and Edith Cowan University published a paper on the tripartite relationship between a digging mammal, mycorrhizal fungi and tree seedlings.

14 March 2018

Dr Katinka Ruthrof and colleagues from Murdoch University and Edith Cowan University published a paper on the nitrogen requirements of Sorghum bicolor when grown in post-phosphate mining substrates on Christmas Island.

28 February 2018

Dr Katinka Ruthrof co-authored a paper with a large group of forest ecologists highlighting priorities for research for drought-induced forest die-off. 

23 February 2018

Susan Whiteley submits her PhD on conserving Androcalva perlaria (Malvaceae): the implications of life history and the use of ex situ conservation methodologies.

13 February 2018

Vanessa Brown was presented with the Curtin University Head of Department Honours Award for outstanding performance by a full time student completing a Bachelor of Science (Honours) for her research on protecting native seed with activated carbon for Banksia woodland restoration.

13 February 2018

Simone Pedrini was presented with the Curtin University Graeme Robertson Award for an outstanding research publication for his paper 'Seed coating: Science or marketing spin?'.

26 January 2018

Dr Todd Erickson and Dr Alison Ritchie recently attended the Society for Range Management Annual Meeting in Sparks, Nevada. The focus of the visit was to meet-up and work with our three US collaborators on the recently funded Global Innovation Linkages Project and learn from some of the US-based restoration approaches (e.g. exotic weed management and restoration seed strategies). Todd also presented some of the Pilbara restoration approaches developed in recent years in a symposium focused on ‘moisture availability effects on rangeland restoration strategies, constraints and success’.

2017

27 December 2017

Wolfgang Lewandrowski, Todd E Erickson, Emma L Dalziell, and Jason C Stevens published a paper 'Ecological niche and bet-hedging strategies for Triodia (R. Br.) seed germination' in Annals of Botany.

13 December 2017

With Kings Park’s David Merritt, Ben Miller and Christina Best, PhD student Jessica Huss (Max-Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany) publishes some amazing and beautiful results in her biomaterials paper on Heat-Triggered Opening Mechanisms of Banksia Follicles.

20 December 2017

Dr Katinka Ruthrof co-authors a major new global synthesis on ecosystem dynamics and management after forest die-off.

7 December 2017

Dr Alison Ritchie, Dr Todd Erickson, Dr Jason Stevens and Prof Richard Hobbs received ARC Linkage grant scheme funding for the project pursuing innovative seed technologies for improved native plant restoration in south Western Australia.

Dr Katinka Ruthrof and colleagues (at Murdoch University and Edith Cowan University) publish a paper on the transition from phosphate mining to agriculture, with focus on increasing biomass and reducing heavy metal uptake, on Christmas Island.

5 December 2017

Ryan Tangney publishes research from his PhD outlining a method for extensive spatiotemporal assessment of soil temperatures during an experimental fire using distributed temperature sensing in optical fibre, with Dr Ben Miller. This research is part of the Fire risk management project.

4 December 2017

A record intake of ten Kings Park Summer Scholarship students commence their 12-week internship, with funding support from the Friends of Kings Park. These training scholarships provide a bridge between undergraduate and postgraduate study for the next generation of conservation researchers.

1 December 2017

Tayla Kneller publishes her honours research on the use of native-based soil amendments in post-mining rehabilitation, with Amber Bateman and Dr Miriam Munoz Rojas. This research is part of the Restoration Seedbank initiative.

30 November 2017

PhD students Bronwyn Ayre and Nicole Bezemer win prizes for their spoken and poster presentations at the 2017 Ecological Society of Australia conference. Their research is part of the ARC funded bird pollination project.

25 November 2017

Nicole Bezemer publishes research from her PhD showing that wild seedlings of the granite rock endemic Eucalyptus caesia show no evidence for inbreeding depression. This research is part of the ARC funded bird pollination project.

22 November 2017

Dr Tanya Hevroy publishes research from her PhD identifying barriers and corridors for gene flow within and among riparian populations of the rare Grevillea thelemaniana, with Dr Michael Moody and Dr Siegy Krauss.

17 November 2017

Kings Park Science win the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) Environment award for their seven-year research partnership with Sinosteel MidWest Corporation that is underpinning the practical restoration of native plant communities of BIF following mining.

10 November 2017

Dr Elizabeth Sinclair and Dr Siegy Krauss (BGPA), with colleagues Prof Gary Kendrick (UWA) and Dr Martin Breed (Adelaide University) were awarded a 3-year ARC Discovery grant to research seagrass adaptation and acclimation responses to extreme climatic events, to better understand and manage the resilience of seagrass to climate change.

Dr Miriam Munoz Rojas was awarded and ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) to conduct research on cyanobacterial bio-encapsulation for restoring degraded drylands. This project aims to discover the ecological and functional roles of cyanobacteria in drylands and develop new technologies for their broad scale application in large-scale ecosystem restoration.

9 November 2017

Dr Shane Turner and BGPA colleagues publish a paper showing how seed ecology informs restoration approaches for threatened species in water-limited environments associated with Banded Ironstone.

2 November 2017

BGPA Science wins the Innovation Excellence and the Green Business categories in the 2017 Pinnacle Awards for research and communication in Banksia Woodland Restoration. Managed by the Australian Institute of Management in Western Australia (AIM WA) and The West Australian, these awards recognise the exemplary business leadership of individuals, teams and organisations in the Western Australian community.

28 October 2017

Dr Miriam Munoz Rojas secured a UWA Research Collaboration Award for the project 'Innovative nature-based strategies for dryland restoration using bio-active indigenous cyanobacteria' with collaborators from the Spanish National Research Council, University of Almeria (Spain), the University of Queensland and the University of NSW.

26 October 2017

BGPA Science wins the Golden Gecko Award, WA's premier mining industry environmental award for the book: 'Banksia woodlands - a restoration guide for the Swan Coastal Plain' in collaboration with Hanson Construction Materials. This book is the first-ever comprehensive guide for practitioners, researchers and policy makers who are working to meet the challenges of restoring the iconic ecosystems of Banksia woodlands, and is the result of a 22-year research partnership between Kings Park Science and Hanson.

24 October 2017

Dr Todd Erickson and colleagues publish a paper showing the benefits of adopting seed-based technologies for rehabilitation in the mining sector in the Pilbara. This research is part of the Restoration Seedbank initiative.

20 October 2017

Dr Ben Anderson, Dr Matt Barrett and Dr Kevin Thiele publish a revision of the spinifex Triodia basedowii species complex, where eight new species are described and named.

17 October 2017

Dr Emma Dalziell and Dr Sean Tomlinson publish a new paper linking reduced seed metabolic rate with declining viability in seed collections. This the first paper from the ARC Linkage Project 'The Energetic Basis to Seed Longevity and Storage'.

27 September 2017

Dr Elizabeth Sinclair and colleagues published a new paper that examines the effect of local adaptation and genetic diversity on survivorship and performance of seagrass following transplantation.

Dr Sinclair and colleagues secured funds to develop methods and restore seagrass in mooring scars following the installation of environmentally-friendly boat moorings.

19 September 2017

Dr Sugumaran (Sugu) Manickam is a visiting researcher from the Rimba Ilmu Botanic Garden, Institute of Biological Sciences, University of Malaya, in Kuala Lumpur. He has joined Kings Park Science for a nine-month sabbatical and will be working with Dr Matt Barrett investigating relationships among Ipomoea (Convolvulaceae) taxa in tropical Australia as well as the pantropical genus Fagraea sensu lato (Gentianaceae).

13 September 2017

BGPA Science has been shortlisted as a finalist for the 2017 Pinnacle Awards. Managed by the Australian Institute of Management in Western Australia (AIM WA) and The West Australian, these awards recognise the exemplary business leadership of individuals, teams and organisations in the Western Australian community. Kings Park in collaboration with Hanson Construction Materials is shortlisted under Innovation Excellence and the Green Business categories for their research and communication in Banksia Woodland Restoration.

12 September 2017

BGPA Science has been short-listed as a finalist on two of five projects for the Golden Gecko Award, WA’s premier mining industry environmental award. These projects are: 'Banksia woodlands - a restoration guide for the Swan Coastal Plain' in collaboration with Hanson Construction Materials and 'Leading practice in banded iron formation restoration' in collaboration with Sinosteel Midwest Corporation.

7-8 September 2017

Dr Alison Ritchie, Dr Wolfgang Lewandrowski and Dr Carole Elliott attended the WA Threatened Species Forum in Geraldton, which shared information, science and solutions for conserving WA threatened plants and animals among a diverse group of people that are passionate about making a difference.

28 August 2017

Dr Bryn Funnekotter, Prof Ricardo Mancera and Dr Eric Bunn have published a new review paper on 'Advances in understanding the fundamental aspects required for successful cryopreservation of Australian flora' in the Journal 'In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology - Plant’.

Drs Ben Miller and Jason Stevens attend SER2017, the VII world conference on ecological restoration in Iguassu, Brazil. This conference links science and practise for better outcomes in ecological restoration globally.

18 August 2017

PhD student Nicole Bezemer was awarded best publication in the biological sciences by the University of Western Australia for her paper on wide pollen dispersal and high multiple paternity in the bird-pollinated Eucalyptus caesia. Read more about the Vertebrate Pollination research project.

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Traditional start for new project

A smoking ceremony, led by Nyoongar statesman Dr Richard Walley on 17 September 2018, has helped prepare for an important new project in Kings Park.

Flowers in Focus winners

Thank you to everyone who entered our Flowers in Focus photography competition during the 2018 Kings Park Festival. The winners have been announced.

Summer science scholarships

Attention science students! Applications are now open for the 2018/2019 Kings Park summer science scholarships for tertiary students.

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