• The University of Western Australia (M092), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 99 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
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Personal profile


I am a Research Scientist (Restoration Ecology and Conservation Genetics), examining multiple research themes within disturbed landscapes of the Southwest of Western Australia.

Research themes

  • restoration and landscape ecology
  • seed enhancement technologies
  • seed germination and emergence
  • weed ecology
  • pollination ecology and plant-pollinator interactions
  • conservation and population genetics.

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.


Through collaboration with industry partners from diverse backgrounds including precision environmental research (Kings Park Science), commercial suppliers of soil amendments (Bentonite Products WA), and large-scale end-users of restoration seeding technologies (Hanson Construction Materials), my current research program will not only improve seed use efficiencies but diversify and promote collaborative efforts between local industries in a rapidly growing restoration economy.

Funding received

5 year ARC Linkage Project Awarded to UWA- LP170100075 “Innovative seed technologies for restoration in a biodiversity hotspot”.


  • Mining and Resources
  • Environmental

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Research Output 2011 2019

  • 99 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
  • 8 Article
  • 5 Web publication/site
  • 1 Abstract/Meeting Abstract
  • 1 Doctoral Thesis

Protecting direct seeded grasses from herbicide application: can new extruded pellet formulations be used in restoring natural plant communities?

Brown, V. S., Ritchie, A., Stevens, J-C., Harris, R. J., Madsen, M. D. & Erickson, T., May 2019, In : Restoration Ecology. 27, 3, p. 488-494

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

activated carbon
pesticide application
plant community
1 Citation (Scopus)
345 Downloads (Pure)

Wide outcrossing provides functional connectivity for new and old Banksia populations within a fragmented landscape

Ritchie, A. L., Dyer, R. J., Nevill, P. G., Sinclair, E. A. & Krauss, S. L., May 2019, In : Oecologia. 190, 1, p. 255-268 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Legacy issues in post-pine (Pinus pinaster) restoration environments: Weeds compromise seedling growth and function more than edaphic factors

Stanbury, K. E., Stevens, J. C. & Ritchie, A. L., 1 Jun 2018, In : Land Degradation and Development. 29, 6, p. 1694-1704 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Pinus pinaster
edaphic factors
seedling growth
42 Citations (Scopus)

A framework for the practical science necessary to restore sustainable, resilient, and biodiverse ecosystems

Miller, B. P., Sinclair, E. A., Menz, M. H. M., Elliott, C. P., Bunn, E., Commander, L. E., Dalziell, E., David, E., Davis, B., Erickson, T. E., Golos, P. J., Krauss, S. L., Lewandrowski, W., Mayence, C. E., Merino-Martin, L., Merritt, D. J., Nevill, P. G., Phillips, R. D., Ritchie, A. L., Ruoss, S. & 1 othersStevens, J. C., Jul 2017, In : Restoration Ecology. 25, 4, p. 605-617 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Projects 2012 2013



Quarry Life Award

Alison Ritchie (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Award