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Research Scientist (Biotechnology and Seed Biology)
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I am a propagation scientist with over 20 years experience across a broad range of areas such as the conservation of threatened plant species, native seed biology and ecology, minesite restoration and plant tissue culture and cryogenics. My current research interests include native seed dormancy, understanding the drivers of in situ seed persistence and germination, optimising translocation success for the reestablishment of threatened species, the use of biodegradable pots for the production of native plants and the seed ecology of carnivorous plant species.

Research themes

  • Seed biology and ecology
  • Threatened flora conservation
  • Biotechnology and cryogenics
  • Species translocation

Major projects

  • In vitro propagation of the threatened species Banksia ionthocarpa subsp. chrysophoenix and Banksia montana.
  • Australian Research Council ITTC - Training Centre for Mining Restoration (2015 - 2020)
  • Cryobanking for recalcitrant-seeded Australian rainforest plants.
  • Germination of Persoonia species.
  • Development of translocation approaches for threatened range restricted species.
  • Development of conservation and rehabilitation options for selected Pilbara plant species.

Visit the Species Recovery, Seed Conservation and Conservation Biotechnology sections to learn more about the current and past projects.

Selected publications

Saatkamp A, Cochrane A, Commander L, Guja LK, Jimenez-Alfaro B, Larson J, Nicotra A, Poschlod P, Silveira FAO, Cross AT, Dalziell EL, Dickie J, Erickson TE, Fidelis A, Fuchs A, Golos PJ, Hope M, Lewandrowski W, Merritt DJ, Miller BP, Miller RG, Offord CA, Ooi MKJ, Satyanti A, Sommerville KD, Tangney R, Tomlinson S, Turner S and Walck JL (2018) A research agenda for seed-trait functional ecology. New Phytologist doi: 10.1111/nph.15502.

Turner SR, Lewandrowski W, Elliott CP, Merino-Martín L, Miller BP, Stevens JC, Erickson TE and Merritt DJ (2017) Seed ecology informs restoration approaches for threatened species in water-limited environments: A case study on the short-range Banded Ironstone endemic Ricinocarpos brevis (Euphorbiaceae). Australian Journal of Botany 65, 661 – 677.

Whiteley SE, Bunn E, Menon A, Mancera RL, Turner SR (2016) Ex situ conservation of the endangered species Androcalva perlaria (Malvaceae) by micropropagation and cryopreservation. Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture. 125, 341-352.

Bradshaw SD, Dixon KW, Hopper SD, Lambers H and Turner SR (2011) Little evidence for fire-adapted plant traits in mediterranean climate regions. Trends in Plant Science 16: 69-76.

Turner SR, Cook A, Baskin JM, Baskin CC, Tuckett RE and Dixon KW (2009) Identification and characterization of the water gap in the physically-dormant seeds of Dodonaea petiolaris: a first report for Sapindaceae Annals of Botany 104: 833-844.

Close DC, Ruthrof KX, Turner S, Rokich DP and Dixon KW (2009) Ecophysiology of species with distinct leaf morphologies: Effects of plastic and shadecloth tree guards. Restoration Ecology 17, 33–41.

Turner SR, Senaratna T, Bunn E, Tan B, Dixon KW and Touchell DH (2001) Cryopreservation of shoot tips from six endangered Australian species using a modified vitrification protocol. Annals of Botany 87: 371-378.

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