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Research Scientist (Ecophysiology)
Biodiversity Conservation Centre
Kattidj Close
Kings Park Western Australia 6005
(+61 8) 9480 3631

Research themes

  • Quantifying the impacts of climatic change on demographic transitions between seed and seedling stages.
  • Seed dormancy and ecophysiological adaptations of plants in stressful or harsh environments.
  • Plant-climate/soil interactions and their role in shaping plant morphological and physiological traits in degraded landscapes.
  • Using nonlinear statistics to inform seed and plant performance in hydrothermal time space.
  • Rehabilitation of Triodia grasslands in the arid zone.

Academic background

  • 2016 PhD, University of Western Australia. Thesis title: An ecophysiological approach to understanding recruitment in keystone Triodia species in arid zone restoration. Supervisors: Dr Jason Stevens and Prof Kingsley Dixon.
  • 2011 BSc Honours (Conservation Biology), University of Western Australia
  • 2010 BSc (Conservation Biology, Botany), University of Western Australia

Major projects


Using ecological traits to determine regeneration trajectories in post-mining restoration ecosystems  (2017 - current). Collaborators: Dr Ben Miller; Dr Jason Stevens. Partner: BGPA.

Optimizing seed germination and early seedling vigour to advantage direct seeding of Triodia (spinifex) species – an interaction of seed physiology and seedling ecophysiology (2011 - current). Collaborators: Dr Jason Stevens, Dr Todd Erickson and Prof Kingsley Dixon. Partner: BGPA.

Integrated conservation and translocation of the threatened banded ironstone species Tetratheca erubescens (Elaeocarpaceae) (2017 - current). Collaborators: Dr Jason Stevens, Dr Carole Elliott. Industry partner: Cliffs Asia Pacific Iron Ore Pty Ltd.


Improving greenstock quality for Banksia woodland restoration (2010-2011). Collaborators: Dr Jason Stevens, Dr Rowena Long, Dr Deanna Rokich and Prof Kingsley Dixon.

Worked as a research assistant in Seed Science and in the Restoration Group across a number of industry based restoration projects at BGPA (2011-2016).

Selected publications

Lewandrowski W, Erickson TE, Dixon KW & Stevens JC (2016) Increasing the germination envelope under water stress improves seedling emergence in two dominant grass species across different pulse rainfall events. Journal of Applied Ecology DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12816.

Bateman A, Lewandrowski W, Stevens J & Muñoz-Rojas M (2016) Ecophysiological indicators to assess drought responses of arid zone native seedlings in reconstructed soils. Land Degradation & Development DOI: 10.1002/ldr.2660.

Miller BP, Sinclair EA, Menz MHM, Elliott CP, Bunn E, Commander LE, Dalziell E, David E, Davis B, Erickson TE, Golos PJ, Krauss SL, Lewandrowski W, Mayence CE, Merino-Martín L, Merritt DJ, Nevill PG, Phillips RD, Ritchie AL, Ruoss S & Stevens JC (2016) A framework for the practical science necessary to restore sustainable, resilient, and biodiverse ecosystems. Restoration Ecology DOI: 10.1111/rec.12475.

Muñoz-Rojas M, Lewandrowski W, Erickson TE, Dixon KW & Merritt DJ (2016) Soil respiration dynamics in fire affected semi-arid ecosystems: Effects of vegetation type and environmental factors. Sci Total Environ 572: 1385-1394.

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