Researcher Profile

Assistant Professor Rachel Standish

Rachel Standish
Rachel Standish
Research Expertise:
  • Plant ecology
  • Restoration ecology
  • Old field restoration
  • Plant–soil interactions
  • Invasive species


Currently I co-supervise five PhD students: Hilary Harrop-Archibald, Mark Murphy, Bridget Johnson, Suzanne Orchard, and Nancy Shackelford.
Completed: Lauren Hallett, Lisa Denmead (both MSc); Mandy Trueman, Christine Allen, Martha Orozco Aceves (all PhD).


BSc(Zoology) W.Aust., PhD Massey

Current Projects

I contribute to a number of research projects including a large-scale restoration project at UWA Future Farm, testing for evidence of resilience of jarrah forest species to climate change, experimenting with fire as a tool for restoration of woodlands degraded by grazing, and another that aims to compare plant traits of weeds and natives in Mediterranean-climate ecosystems of the world.

Funding Received

2012 Bjarne K Dahl Trust Grant with S Prober
2012 Alcoa of Australia Grant with RK Didham & RJ Hobbs
2009 UWA Development Award
2008 DEC with RJ Hobbs
2008 Avon Catchment Council with SM Prober
2006–9 ARC-Linkage with RJ Hobbs, M Tibbett & JM Koch
1997–01 Landcare Research (NZ) scholarship


I completed a BSc (Hons) in Zoology at the University of Western Australia in 1991. I spent a few years as a research assistant at the University of Wollongong studying the genetic structure of corals before moving to New Zealand in 1996 to begin a PhD. My PhD research focused on the effects of an invasive weed on community and ecosystem processes within lowland forest remnants. I returned to Perth in 2004, where I joined Professor Richard Hobbs' research group at Murdoch University. Here, I worked with Viki Cramer and others to determine the ecological barriers to old-field recovery in south-western Australia. I became a UWA Research Fellow in 2009.

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