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Research Scientist (Restoration Ecology and Conservation Genetics)
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I am a Research Scientist (Restoration Ecology and Conservation Genetics), examining multiple research themes within disturbed landscapes of the Southwest of Western Australia. I divide my time between the ERIE group at the University of Western Australia and the Kings Park Science group at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

My current project aims to develop and implement innovative seed enhancement technologies to overcome barriers to native plant establishment for the ecological restoration of an international biodiversity hotspot. Technological advances in the agricultural industry facilitate large-scale plant establishment from seed. Currently however, there is limited capacity to deliver this technology to restore natural ecosystems at similar scales. My research aims to deliver this technology to native species by developing seed enhancements such as seed coating and extruded pelleting and implementing extensive field trials.

Research themes

  • Seed enhancement technologies
  • Conservation and population genetics
  • Restoration ecology and genetics
  • Pollination ecology and plant-pollinator interactions
  • Weed ecology

Major projects

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.

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