Dr Jason Stevens
- Program Leader, Kings Park Science
Biodiversity Conservation Centre
Kattidj Close Kings Park Western Australia 6005
- (+61 8) 9480 3639
- Developing physiological approaches for monitoring plant performance in restoration
- Impacts of climate shifts and management practices on plant physiological performance
- Understanding physiological traits enabling plant survival in native species
- Plant physiological responses to abiotic stress
- 2001 - 2006 Charles and Annie Neumann Scholarships in Agriculture. PhD Thesis title: Physiological Investigation of Effects of Salicylic Acid on Abiotic and Biotic Stresses in Plants (with Special Reference to Salinity). Supervisors: Professor Krishnapillai Sivasithamparam (UWA) and Dr Tissa Senaratna (UWA/ Kings Park and Botanic Garden).
- 2000 First Class Honours, Agriculture, University of Western Australia. Thesis title: Differential root exudation of chickpea (Cicer arietinum) on different soils and its role in phosphorus acquisition. Supervisors: Professor Hans Lambers and Dr Erik Veneklaas (University of Western Australia), Dr Kadambot Siddique and Dr Mike Bolland (Department of Agriculture Western Australia).
- 1997 - 2000 Bachelor of Agricultural Science (BSc. Agric.), University of Western Australia.
- 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.
- Using plant ecophysiology as a tool to underpin successful Banksia woodland restoration. Industry partner: Rocla Quarry Products.
- ARC Training Centre for Mining Restoration (Industrial Transformation Training Centre). Industry partners: BHP Billiton Iron Ore, Rocla Quarry Products, Sinosteel Midwest Corporation, Karara Mining Limited, Mineral Resources Limited, and Cliffs Natural Resources
- Managing ecosystem change requires the integration of above and belowground hydrological processes at relevant scales. Industry partners: ARC Linkage Kings Park and Botanic Garden, University of Western Australia (Plant Biology and Earth and Environment) and Specterra Pty Ltd.
- Restoring the Saudi Arabian arid zone. Industry partner: Ariyadh Development Authority.
- Integrated conservation and translocation of the threatened banded ironstone species Tetratheca erubescens (Elaeocarpaceae). Industry partner: Cliffs Asia Pacific Iron Ore Pty Ltd.
- Ricinocarpus brevis Restoration Research Plan Cliffs. Industry partner: Asia Pacific Iron Ore Pty Ltd.
- Restoration of Banded-Ironstone communities in the Midwest - Koolanooka, Blue Hills and Weld Range exploration lines.
Visit the Restoration Ecology section to learn more about the current projects.
- Tetratheca paynterae experimental translocation research trial translocation Cliffs. Industry partners: Asia Pacific Iron Ore Pty Ltd, Yilgarn Operations – Windarling Range.
- Broadscale implementation of native grass germination enhancement technologies. Industry partner: RIRDC.
- Scoping study: Ecophysiological study of Tetratheca aphylla for restoration. Industry partners: Polaris, Mineral Resources Limited.
- Scoping study for Biodiversity Rehabilitation. Industry partner: Sinosteel Midwest Corporation Ltd.
- Business case - Restoration Seedbank Initiative and Pilbara Restoration Institute. Industry partners: BGPA, BHPBIO.
- Banksia tree health and decline – Why our Banksias are dying? Industry partner: Friends of Kings Park (FoKP).
- Grass Roots – native perennial grasses for sustainable pasture systems. Industry partner: Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC).
- Releasing agricultural weed seed dormancy through application of a novel smoke derived chemical. Industry partner: Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).
- Induction of multiple environmental stress tolerance in Australian native species for land rehabilitation using benzoic acid derivatives. Industry partner: Australian Research Council (Linkage Grant).
- Reliable establishment of non-traditional perennial pasture species. Industry partners: Sustainable Grazing of Saline Lands (SGSL), Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), Australian Wool Innovation (AWI).
- Improving establishment of commercial native plants suitable for agro-forestry though improved understanding of germination biology, moisture management and weed control. Industry partners: Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Joint Venture in Agroforestry (JVAP).
Research associates and students
- Bryony Wilkinson (PhD; 2015 - present) Are acidifying soil amendments an effective treatment for chlorotic decline syndrome of Eucalyptus marginata in an urban parkland? Supervisors: Dr Jason Stevens, Prof Hans Lambers.
- Laura Skates (PhD; 2015 - present) Niche specialisation in the Australian carnivorous plants. Supervisors: Dr Jason Stevens, Dr Adam Cross and Prof Kingsley Dixon.
- Kate Stanbury (Masters; 2015 - present) Post-Pine Banksia woodland Restoration. Supervisors: Dr Jason Stevens, Prof Kingsley Dixon.
- Amber Bateman (Masters; 2015 - present) The implications of altered seedling and soil water relations on restoration success Supervisors: Dr Jason Stevens, Dr Miriam Muñoz-Rojas, Mr Wolfgang Lewandrowski.
- Erica David (PhD; 2014 - present) Implications for wind management in restoration ecology, linking ecosystem aerodynamics to physiological drivers in arid and semi-arid systems. Supervisors: Dr Jason Stevens, Dr Sean Tomlinson, Dr Ellery Mayence, Dr Andrew Guzzomi, Prof Kingsley Dixon.
- Dr Lucy Commander (Post-doc; 2012 - present) Restoration Ecology - Seed Enabling Technologist. Restoration of Threatened Ecological Communities occurring on Banded Iron Formations. Supervisors: Dr Jason Stevens and Prof Kingsley Dixon.
- Dr Peter Golos (Post-doc; 2013 - present) Restoration Ecology - Restoration Ecologist. Restoration of Threatened Ecological Communities occurring on Banded Iron Formations. Supervisors: Dr Jason Stevens and Prof Kingsley Dixon.
- Wolfgang Lewandrowski (PhD; 2011 - present) Optimising seed germination and early vigour to advantage direct seeding of Triodia species - an interaction of seed and seedling ecophysiology. Supervisors: Dr Jason Stevens, Prof Kingsley Dixon.
- Dr Luis Merino Martin (Post-doc; 2012 - 2014) Restoration Ecology – Soil Scientist. Restoration of Threatened Ecological Communities occurring on Banded Iron Formations. Supervisors: Dr Jason Stevens and Prof Kingsley Dixon.
- Cameron Mounsey (PhD; 2010 - 2014) Understanding vegetation patch-gap dynamics to determine restoration success. Supervisors: Dr Ben Miller, Dr Jason Stevens, Dr Gavan McGrath, Prof Christoph Hinz, Prof Kingsley Dixon.
- Shahab Nikabadi (MSc; 2011 - 2015) Understanding the ecophysiology of trophic transition with micropropagated terrestrial orchids of the South-West Australian Floristic Region (SWAFR) for improving restoration success.
- Mallory Barnes (Hons; 2014) Drought tolerance of Triodia species during seedling establishment - implications for restoring the Australian arid zone. Supervisors: Dr Jason Stevens, Mr Wolfgang Lewandrowski, Mr Todd Erickson, Prof Kingsley Dixon, Prof Erik Veneklaas.
- Laura Skates (Hons; 2014) Niche specialisation in the rare carnivorous hydrophyte Aldrovanda vesiculosa L. (Droseraceae) causes increased susceptibility to threatening processes. Supervisors: Dr Jason Stevens, Mr Adam Cross and Prof Kingsley Dixon.
- Anthea Challis (Hons; 2014) Mortality patterns and physiological responses of the canopy tree, Banksia menziesii in relation to varying summer water availability in an urban remnant. Supervisors: Dr Jason Stevens and Dr Ben Miller.
- Bryony Wilkinson (Hons; 2014) Are acidifying soil amendments an effective treatment for chlorotic decline syndrome of Eucalyptus marginata in an urban parkland? Supervisors: Dr Jason Stevens, Prof Hans Lambers.
- Mark Bundock (PhD; 2008 - 2013) Non-target impacts of herbicides and adjuvants used in Banksia woodland and Jarrah forest weed control. Supervisors: Dr Deanna Rokich, Dr Jason Stevens, Prof Kingsley Dixon.
- David Leach (PhD; 2008 - 2013) Fire Suppressant impacts on Flora of the Swan Coastal Plain. Supervisors: Dr Deanna Rokich, Dr Jason Stevens, Prof Kingsley Dixon.
- Sacha Ruoss (PhD; 2008 - 2012) Restoration Ecology and Conservation of Rare Banded Ironstone Plants in an Arid Biodiversity Hotspot. Supervisors Dr Ben Miller, Dr Matthew Barrett, Dr Jason Stevens, Prof Kingsley Dixon.
- Stephen Benigno (PhD; 2008 - 2012) The Ecophysiological Adaptations of Framework Banksia Woodland Species to Post-Minesite Stresses. Supervisors Dr Jason Stevens, Dr Deanna Rokich, Prof Christoph Hinz, Prof Kingsley Dixon.
- Dylan Martini (Hons; 2013) Why do Banksia menziesii seedlings in post-mining restoration experience high mortality during their second summer? Supervisors: Dr Jason Stevens, Dr Luis Merino Martin.
- Erin Picken (Hons; 2012) Defining Banded Iron Formation Communities for Restoration. Supervisors: Dr Jason Stevens and Dr Ben Miller.
- Marta Gorecki (Hons; 2011) Maternal environment can change the germination with karrikinolide of the weed Brassica tournefortii. Supervisors: Dr Jason Stevens, Dr Rowena Long.
- Wolfgang Lewendrowski (Hons; 2011) Improving greenstock quality for Banksia woodland restoration. Supervisors: Dr Jason Stevens, Dr Rowena Long.
- Christina Putz (Intl Diploma, Intl student; 2011) Understanding early seedling establishment drivers in Acacia hilliana in Pilbara minesite restoration and native soil substrates. Supervisors: Mr Todd Erickson and Dr Jason Stevens.
- Cameron Mounsey (Hons; 2009) The roots of shallow soil endemic species are not better adapted to enter smaller pores than the roots of closely related congeners. Supervisors: Dr Jason Stevens and Dr Ben Miller.
- Andrew Naskos (Hons; 2009) Germination requirements and seed enhancements to improve the broadacre restoration of Acacia acinacea, Enchylaena tomentosa and Einadia nutans. Supervisors: Dr Jason Stevens, Dr Christopher Loo.
- Simone Tausch (Intl Diploma; 2008) Understanding soil compaction thresholds limiting Banksia woodland species root development. Supervisor: Dr Jason Stevens.
- Liann Smithson (Hons; 2009) Physiological Strategies for Surviving Drought in Endemic Banded Iron Formation Habitats. Supervisors: Dr Jason Stevens and Dr Ben Miller.
- Robert Aldermann (Hons; 2008) Karrikinolide stimulates germination of some important agricultural weeds. Supervisors: Dr Jason Stevens, Dr Michael Renton and Prof. Stephen Powles.
- Erin Griffiths (Hons; 2008). Nutrient regimes for improving the out-planting success of three Banksia woodland species. Supervisor: Dr Jason Stevens.
- Jemma Marris (Hons; 2008) Root foraging and drought tolerance traits of two shallow soil endemic species. Supervisors: Dr Jason Stevens and Dr Ben Miller.
- Navjot Kuar (Hons; 2008) Using ecotypic germination traits of an Australian native grass (Microlaena stipoides) to identify target environments for new perennial pastures species. Supervisors: Dr Jason Stevens, Dr Christopher Loo.
- Christopher Loo (Post-doc; 2006 - 2009) Reliable establishment of non-traditional native pasture species. Supervisors: Dr Jason Stevens and Prof Kingsley Dixon.
- Samantha Clarke (2006 - 2007) Grass roots - native perennial grasses for sustainable pasture systems. Supervisors: Dr Jason Stevens and Prof Kingsley Dixon.
Benigno SM, Dixon KW and Stevens JC (2014) Seedling mortality during biphasic drought in sandy Mediterranean soils. Functional Plant Biology http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/FP13366.
Bader MK, Ehrenberger W, Bitter R, Stevens J, Miller BP, Chopard J, Rüger S, Hardy GESJ, Poot P, Dixon KW, Zimmermann U and Veneklass EJ (2014) Spatio‐temporal water dynamics in mature Banksia menziesii trees during drought. Physiologia Plantarum DOI: 10.1111/ppl.12170.
Benigno S, Dixon K and Stevens J (2012) Increasing soil water retention with native-sourced mulch improves seedling establishment in postmine Mediterranean sandy soils. Restoration Ecology DOI: 10.1111/j.1526-100X.2012.00926.x.
Long R, Williams K, Griffiths E, Flematti G, Meritt D, Stevens J, Turner S, Powles S and Dixon K (2010) Prior hydration of Brassica tournefortii seeds reduces the stimulatory effect of karrikinolide on germination and increases seed sensitivity to abscisic acid. Annals of Botany 105:1063-1070.
Chiwocha S, Dixon K, Flematti G, Ghisalberti E, Merritt D, Nelson D, Riseborough J, Smith S and Stevens J (2009) Karrikins: a new family of plant growth regulators in smoke. Plant Science 177: 252–256.
Nelson DC, Riseborough J, Flematti GR, Stevens J, Ghisalberti EL, Dixon KW and Smith SM (2009) Karrikins discovered in smoke trigger Arabidopsis seed germination by a mechanism requiring gibberellic acid synthesis and light. Plant Physiology 149: 863-873.
Stevens JC, Merritt DJ, Flematti GR, Ghisalberti EL and Dixon KW (2007) Seed germination of agricultural weeds is promoted by the butenolide 3-methyl-2H-furo[2,3-c]pyran-2-one under laboratory and field conditions. Plant and Soil DOI 10.1007/s11104-007-9344-z.
Stevens JC, Barrett-Lennard EG and Dixon KW (2007) Enhancing the germination of three fodder shrubs (Atriplex amnicola, A. nummularia, A. undulata; Chenopodiaceae): implications for the optimisation of field establishment. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 57: 1279-1289.
Stevens J, Senaratna T and Sivasithamparam K (2006) Salicylic acid induces salinity tolerance in tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum cv. Roma): associated changes in gas exchange, water relations and membrane stabilization. Plant Growth Regulation 49: 77-83.
Veneklaas E, Stevens J, Cawthray G, Turner S, Grigg A and Lambers H (2003) Chickpea and white lupin rhizosphere carboxylates vary with soil properties and enhance phosphorus uptake. Plant and Soil 248: 187-197.