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Research themes

  • Seed enhancement technologies
  • Conservation and population genetics
  • Restoration ecology and genetics
  • Pollination ecology and plant-pollinator interactions
  • Avian and invertebrate ecology
  • Landscape ecology

Academic background

  • 2018 - present Post-doctoral Research Fellow, ERIE Research Group, University of Western Australia.
  • 2017 - 2018 Research Scientist, Kings Park Science, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
  • 2015 - 2016 Post-doctoral research, Curtin University.
  • 2015 PhD, University of Western Australia. Thesis title: Ecological and Genetic Indicators of Restoration Success. Supervisors: Dr Siegy Krausss, Dr Paul Nevill, Dr Elizabeth Sinclair, Prof Kingsley Dixon.
  • 2011 - 2013 Casual Education Presenter, Visitor Services, Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority.
  • 2009 BSc Conservation Biology and Management with first class Honours, University of Western Australia. Thesis title: Realized mating patterns of Banksia attenuata: contrasting restored and natural populations. Supervisors: Dr Siegy Krauss, Dr Ben Miller.

Major projects


  • Innovative Seed Technologies, Western Australia (2018 - 2023). ARC LP170100075 Innovative seed technologies for restoration in a biodiversity hotspot. Collaborators: Prof Richard Hobbs (UWA), Dr Todd Erickson (UWA), Dr Jason Stevens (DBCA), Dr David Merritt (DBCA), Assoc Prof Matthew Madsen (BYU). Industry partners: Hanson Construction Materials, Bentonite Products WA, BGPA.


  • Post-Pine Forest Restoration, Western Australia (2015 - 2020). Restoration of post-pine plantations to that of Banksia woodland. Collaborators: Prof Kingsley Dixon (Curtin), Dr Jason Stevens (BGPA/UWA). Industry partner: Urban Resources.
  • Measuring restoration success of Banksia woodlands (2010 - present). Collaborators: Dr Siegy Krauss (BGPA/UWA), Dr Elizabeth Sinclair (BGPA/UWA), Dr Paul Neville (UWA), Prof Kingsley Dixon (Curtin). Industry partner: Rocla Quarry Products.
  • Pilbara phenological studies, Restoration Seedbank Initiative (2014 - 2015). Collaborators: Dr Todd Erickson (BGPA/UWA), Dr Shane Turner (BGPA/UWA), Dr Miriam Muñoz Rojas, Dr David Merritt (BGPA), Prof Kingsley Dixon (Curtin). Industry partner: BHP Billiton Iron Ore.

Research associates and students


Thomas Munro (Hons; 2018) Investigating activated carbon pelleting on native seeds for Banksia woodland restoration. Supervisors: Dr Jodi Price, Dr Todd Erickson, Dr Alison Ritchie.

Bianca Berto (Hons; 2018/19) Overcoming seed dormancy and handlng problems in two dominant native grass species. Supervisors: Dr Todd Erickson, Dr Alison Ritchie.

Vanessa Brown (PhD; 2018) Novel seed enhancement technologies to improve restoration success. Supervisors: Prof Richard Hobbs, Dr Alison Ritchie, Dr Todd Erickson.


Vanessa Brown (Hons; 2017) Extruded pellets containing low doses of activated carbon successfully protect grass seeds from herbicide application: a new approach for use in restoring natural communities? Supervisors: Dr Richard Harris, Dr Alison Ritchie.

Kate Stanbury (Masters; 2015) Banksia woodland seedling morphology is compromised by Ehrharta calycina in a post-pine environment. Supervisors: Dr Jason Stevens, Dr Alison Ritchie.

Karen Frick (Hons; 2012) An assessment of reproductive functionality in Banksia menziesii within a post-mining, heterogenous landscape. Supervisors Dr Siegy Krauss, Dr Alison Ritchie.

Selected publications

Brown VS, Ritchie AL, Stevens JC, Harris R, Madsen MD and Erickson TE (2018) Protecting direct seeded grasses from herbicide application: can new extruded pellet formulations be used in restoring natural plant communities? Restoration Ecology – early view.

Stanbury KE, Stevens JC and Ritchie AL (2018) Legacy issues in post-pine restoration environments: weeds compromise seedling growth and function more than edaphic factors. Land Degradation & Development, 29: 1694-1704.

Miller BP, Sinclair EA, Menz MHM et al. (2017) A framework for the practical science necessary to restore sustainable, resilient, and biodiverse ecosystems. Restoration Ecology, 25: 605-617.

Ritchie Al, Erickson TE and Merritt DJ (2017) Monitoring of plant phenology and seed production identifies two distinct seed collection seasons in the Australian arid zone. The Rangeland Journal, 30: 73-83.

Ritchie AL, Nevill PG, Sinclair EA and Krauss SL (2017) Does restored plant diversity play a role in the reproductive functionality of Banksia populations? Restoration Ecology, 25: 414-423.

Ritchie A (2014) A genetic assessment of ecological restoration success in Banksia attenuata. In: Bozzano M, Jalonen R, Thomas E, Boshier D, Gallo L, Cavers S, Bordacs S, Smith P and Loo J (eds). Genetic considerations in ecosystem restoration using native tree species. A thematic study for the State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources. United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome, Italy.

Frick KM, Ritchie AL and Krauss SL (2014) Field of Dreams: Restitution of pollinator services in restored bird-pollinated plant populations. Restoration Ecology, 22: 832-840.

Ritchie A, Krauss S, Neville P, Sinclair EA and Dixon K (2013) The birds, bees and Banksia mating trees: measuring the success of Banksia woodland restoration using genetic and ecological markers. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia. Vol 96, Part 1.

Ritchie AL, Krauss SL (2012) A genetic assessment of ecological restoration success in Banksia attenuata. Restoration Ecology, 20: 441–449.

Ritchie AL (2010) A genetic assessment of ecological restoration success. For People & Plants, Friends of Kings Park. Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, West Perth. Issue 70: 25-26.

See Alison's full list of publications on Google Scholar...

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