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Research Scientist (Seed Science)
Biodiversity Conservation Centre
Kattidj Close
Kings Park Western Australia 6005
(+61 8) 9480 3648

Research themes

  • Seed ecology, dormancy and germination biology
  • Seed metabolic physiology
  • Seed storage physiology and longevity
  • Plant conservation and restoration

Academic background

  • 2016 Research Associate, Curtin University and BGPA
  • 2016 PhD, University of Western Australia. Thesis title: Seed biology and ex situ storage behaviour of Australian Nymphaea (waterlilies): Implications for conservation. Supervisors: Dr David Merritt, Dr Renee Young and Prof Kingsley Dixon.
  • 2010 BSc (Hons, Conservation Biology and Management), University of Western Australia.
  • 2009 BSc (Conservation Biology, Botany), University of Western Australia.

Worked as a research assistant on a number of industry based conservation and restoration projects while based at BGPA (2010 - 2016).

Major projects


  • The energetic basis to seed longevity and storage (2016 - 2019). ARC Linkage project. Collaborators: Dr David Merritt, Dr Sean Tomlinson, Prof Philip Withers (UWA), Prof. Kingsley Dixon. Industry partner: BGPA.
  • Seed biology and ex situ storage behaviour of Australian Nymphaea (waterlilies) (2011 - ongoing). Dr David Merritt, Dr Renee Young, Prof Kingsley Dixon.

Selected publications

Phillips R, Barrett M, Dalziell E, Dixon K and Swarts N (2016) Geographic range and host breadth of Sebacina orchid mycorrhizal fungi associating with Caladenia in south-western Australia. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 182 (1): 140-151.

Dalziell E (2016) The Kimberley waterlily hunters. For People and Plants, 95: 34-37.

Dalziell E (2012) How did you get to work today? The adventure of working in Western Australia’s remote north. For People and Plants, 76: 25-26.

Dalziell E (2011) Pond Lore: Unveiling the mysteries of the nymphs. A brief history of water lilies. For People and Plants, 73: 24-26.

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