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Research Scientist (Seed Science and Restoration Ecology)
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I’m a seed ecologist with more than 15 years experience in all aspects of seed handling, processing, and delivery of seeds required in conservation and large-scale restoration programs. I have a Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons; 2006) from the University of South Australia and a Doctor of Philosophy (2015) from the University of Western Australia (UWA).

Since 2003 I have held research positions at the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide (Adelaide, South Australia), the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (ex. Department of Parks and Wildlife), Kings Park Science, and UWA (Perth, Western Australia).

Over the last decade, I have been investigating seed recruitment limitations in dryland mining environments of Western Australia. I have co-managed two 5-year research projects affiliated with large-scale iron ore mining operations and now co-direct a 4-year eco-engineering research program in the same arid biome working closely with nine industry, academic, and small-business partners from Western Australia and the United States. My current research role focuses on developing new and exciting seed enhancement technologies that combine dormancy alleviation pre-treatments with polymer seed coating, pelleting, and priming applications.

Research interests

  • Seed ecology
  • Germination biology
  • Dormancy alleviation
  • Mine restoration
  • Arid zone ecology
  • Practical application of seed science
  • Triodia seed establishment

Major projects

Visit the Seed Conservation section to learn more about the current projects.

Selected publications

Muñoz-Rojas M, Román JR, Roncero-Ramos B, Erickson TE, Merritt DJ, Aguila-Carricondo P and Cantón Y (2018) Cyanobacteria inoculation enhances carbon sequestration in soil substrates used in dryland restoration. Science of the Total Environment 636: 1149-1154.

Shackelford N, Miller BP and Erickson TE (2018) Restoration of open-cut mining in semi-arid systems: a synthesis of long-term monitoring data and implications for management. Land Degradation and Development 29 (4): 994-1004.

Erickson TE, Muñoz-Rojas M, Kildisheva OA, Stokes BA, White SA, Heyes JL, Dalziell EL, Lewandrowski W, James JJ, Madsen MD, Turner SR and Merritt DJ (2017) Benefits of adopting seed-based technologies for rehabilitation in the mining sector: a Pilbara perspective. Australian Journal of Botany 65: 646-660.

Lewandrowski W, Erickson TE, Kingsley KW and Stevens JC (2017) Increasing the germination envelope under water stress improves seedling emergence in two dominant grass species across different pulse rainfall events. Journal of Applied Ecology 54: 997-1007.

Erickson T, Barrett RL, Merritt DJ and Dixon KW (2016) Pilbara seed atlas and field guide: Plant restoration in Australia’s arid northwest. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, Victoria.

Munoz-Rojas M, Erickson TE, Dixon KW and Merritt DJ (2016) Soil quality indicators to assess functionality of restored soils in degraded semi-arid ecosystems. Restoration Ecology, 24: S43-S52.

James JJ, Sheley RL, Erickson TE, Rollins KS, Taylor MH and Dixon KW (2013) A systems approach to restoring degraded drylands. Journal of Applied Ecology, DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12090.


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