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Program Leader, Kings Park Science
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Using plant physiology as a base, I have a broad interest in understanding how plants function in the environment to inform conservation and restoration actions. My research interests include understanding plant-substrate-water interactions of individual species and ecosystems.

This information helps to inform current distributions of plants in the landscape, their management, restoration and potential use in production systems. I apply this knowledge to conservation, mining and agricultural sectors in collaboration with many stakeholders.

Research themes

  • Restoration science
  • Native plant ecophysiology
  • Plant function in restored environments
  • Climate and management impacts on plant function
  • Native plant use in production systems

Major projects

Visit the Restoration Ecology section to learn more about the current and past projects.

Selected publications

Stevens JC, Rokich DP, Newton VK, Barrett RL and Dixon KW. Banksia woodlands: A restoration guide for the Swan Coastal Plain. UWA Publishing. Perth Western Australia ISBN: 9781742589077.

BP Miller BP, et al ... [Stevens J] (2017) A framework for the practical science necessary to restore sustainable, resilient, and biodiverse ecosystems. Restoration Ecology 25 (4), 605-617.

Lewandrowski W, Erickson TE, Dixon 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 (3), 997-1007.

Bateman A, Lewandrowski W, Stevens JC and M Muñoz‐Rojas (2018). Ecophysiological indicators to assess drought responses of arid zone native seedlings in reconstructed soils. Land degradation & development 29 (4), 984-993.

Stevens J, Senaratna T and Sivasithamparam K (2006) Salicylic acid induces salinity tolerance in tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum cv. Roma): associated changes in gas exchange, water relations and membrane stabilization. Plant Growth Regulation 49: 77-83.

Event disruptions

Poolgarla Parkland will be fenced off and there will be additional foot traffic and noise around Poolgarla Family Area from Monday 28 November to Friday 2 December 2022 due to the Danjoo Koorliny event.

Concert traffic interruptions

Road and carpark closures will occur in Kings Park and Botanic Garden from Friday 25 November to Wednesday 30 November 2022 (excluding Monday 28 November) due to multiple consecutive concert events.

Naturescape summer opening hours

Summer opening hours for Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park will be taking effect from 5 November 2022.

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Flowers in Focus 2022 winners

Thank you to everyone who entered our Flowers in Focus photography competition this year.

New Bold Park Management Plan

The Bold Park Management Plan 2022 - 2027 has been published by BGPA after a period of extensive public consultation

Ready, aim, restore! A new approach to define and achieve restoration targets

A team of researchers from Kings Park Science in Biodiversity and Conservation Science, the University of Western Australia (UWA) and Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain, have led the development of an approach for ecosystem restoration which connects scientific research, restoration policy, and on-the-ground action.

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