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Research Scientist (Restoration Ecology and Conservation Genetics)
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I am a Research Scientist (Restoration Ecology and Conservation Genetics), examining multiple research themes within disturbed landscapes of the Southwest of Western Australia. I divide my time between the ERIE group at the University of Western Australia and the Kings Park Science group at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

My current project aims to develop and implement innovative seed enhancement technologies to overcome barriers to native plant establishment for the ecological restoration of an international biodiversity hotspot. Technological advances in the agricultural industry facilitate large-scale plant establishment from seed. Currently however, there is limited capacity to deliver this technology to restore natural ecosystems at similar scales. My research aims to deliver this technology to native species by developing seed enhancements such as seed coating and extruded pelleting and implementing extensive field trials.

Research themes

  • Seed enhancement technologies
  • Conservation and population genetics
  • Restoration ecology and genetics
  • Pollination ecology and plant-pollinator interactions
  • Weed ecology

Major projects

Selected publications

Brown VS, Ritchie AL, Stevens JC, Harris R, Madsen MD and Erickson TE (2018) Protecting direct seeded grasses from herbicide application: can new extruded pellet formulations be used in restoring natural plant communities? Restoration Ecology – early view.

Stanbury KE, Stevens JC and Ritchie AL (2018) Legacy issues in post-pine restoration environments: weeds compromise seedling growth and function more than edaphic factors. Land Degradation & Development, 29: 1694-1704.

Miller BP, Sinclair EA, Menz MHM et al. (2017) A framework for the practical science necessary to restore sustainable, resilient, and biodiverse ecosystems. Restoration Ecology, 25: 605-617.

Ritchie Al, Erickson TE and Merritt DJ (2017) Monitoring of plant phenology and seed production identifies two distinct seed collection seasons in the Australian arid zone. The Rangeland Journal, 30: 73-83.

Ritchie AL, Nevill PG, Sinclair EA and Krauss SL (2017) Does restored plant diversity play a role in the reproductive functionality of Banksia populations? Restoration Ecology, 25: 414-423.

School Ball parking

Temporary parking on Fraser Avenue will not be provided for buses, limos and cars, and fines will apply.

Rotary Wishing Well works

Works will be taking place at the Rotary Wishing Well near Fraser Circle from 17 January 2023 until further notice.

Blue Boat House works

The City of Perth will be replacing the timber stairs at the blue boat house from Monday 30 January until Tuesday 28 February 2023.

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Rare plants stolen from Kings Park

We're devastated to announce up to 900 of WA’s rarest orchids have been stolen from the Conservation Garden in Kings Park.

Dr Scalzo awarded Medal of the Order of Australia

Congratulations to Kings Park's Dr Tony Scalzo on receiving the award of a Medal of the Order of Australia (General Division).

Life after fire: a seed's 70 year journey

Bushfires are devastating for the communities they rip through. In the Quairading fires in February this year, farmer Murray Williams lost everything on his farm apart from his home.

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