Dr Alison Ritchie
- Research Scientist
- Seed enhancement technologies
- Conservation and population genetics
- Restoration ecology and genetics
- Pollination ecology and plant-pollinator interactions
- Avian and invertebrate ecology
- Landscape ecology
- 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.
- 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.
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.