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Principal Research Scientist (Seed Science)
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(+61 8) 9480 3628
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I am a seed scientist with interests that span seed physiology, ecology, and technology. My research aims to improve our ability to conserve seeds of wild plant species and to enhance our capacity for ecological restoration.

My research includes studies of seed survival and longevity in conservation seed banks and in the field, the environmental factors that regulate seed dormancy and germination, and the development of seed enhancement techniques to promote seedling establishment.    

Research themes

  • Seed storage physiology and longevity
  • Ecophysiology of seed dormancy and germination
  • Seed persistence and soil seed banks
  • Seed enhancement technologies
  • Restoration ecology

Major projects

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

Selected publications

Tangney R, Merritt, DJ, Fontaine J and Miller BP (2018) Seed moisture content as a primary trait regulating the lethal temperature thresholds of seeds. Journal of Ecology DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.13095.

Saatkamp A, Cochrane A, Commander L, Guja LK, Jimenez-Alfaro B, et al. [Merritt DJ] (2018) A research agenda for seed-trait functional ecology. New Phytologist 221: 1764–1775.

Dalziell EL, Baskin CC, Baskin JM, Young RE, Dixon KW, Merritt DJ (2018) Morphophysiological dormancy in the basal angiosperm order Nymphaeales. Annals of Botany 123: 95-106.

Huss JC, Schoeppler V, Merritt DJ, Best C, Maire E, Adrien J, Spӓker O, Janssen N, Gladisch J, Gierlinger, N, Miller BP, Fratzl P and Eder M (2017) Climate-dependent heat-triggered opening mechanism of Banksia seed pods. Advanced Science 5: DOI:10.1002/advs.201700572.

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.

Administration car park closure

There will be limited access to the BGPA Administration building and the Kings Park Education and Learning building from Wednesday 15 June 2022 for approximately 8 weeks, due to ongoing Water Corporation works.

Water Corporation works

The Water Corporation is replacing approximately 700 metres of ageing water pipes between Mount Eliza Reservoir and Bellevue Terrace in Kings Park.

Bold Park disruption

Banksia Carpark in Bold Park is currently closed to the public due to stormwater damage.

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