My research career began in 1997 when I completed an honours degree which lead the following year into a PhD research program in the area of plant conservation biotechnology under the supervision of Dr Beng Tan (Curtin University) and external supervisors Dr Tissa Senaratna (Kings Park) and Dr Darren Touchell (Kings Park/United States Department of Agriculture). I graduated with a PhD from Curtin University in 2002 with the thesis title: ‘Cryopreservation of Somatic Germplasm of Selected Australian Monocotyledonous Taxa (Haemodoraceae)’. Since then I have been employed by Kings Park (2002 – 2003, 2010), the University of Western Australia (2003 – 2006, 2010 – present) and the University of Queensland (2003 – 2006) working a range of projects including Bold Park restoration, investigating the seed biology of problematic taxa required for land rehabilitation and enhancing seed performance for minesite restoration and biodiversity conservation. Several of these projects were supported by the Australian Research Council’s Linkage grant scheme and industry funding.
2010: Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority
2007–2009: University of Queensland
2003–2006: University of Western Australia
2002–2003: Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority
Restoration Seedbank (RSB) Initiative (2014-2018). Industry partners: BHP Billiton Iron Ore, Kings Park and Botanic Garden, and the University of Western Australia.
Advanced cryobanking for propagation-recalcitrant and critically endangered plant species (2014 - 2017). Australian Research Council Linkage Project with Curtin University, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and the University of Western Australia as research partners. Industry partner: Kings Park and Botanic Garden.
Integrated conservation of Ricinocarpos brevis (2013 - 2016). Industry partners: Cliffs Asia Pacific Iron Ore Pty Ltd, Kings Park and Botanic Garden and the University of Western Australia.
Integrated conservation of Androcalva perlaria (syn. Commersonia sp. Mt Groper) (2010 - 2016). Industry partners: Grange Resources, Kings Park and Botanic Garden and the University of Western Australia.
Native seed biology and ecology
Threatened flora propagation, conservation and translocation
Seed ecology, seed biology and seed dormancy
Native plant propagation
Tissue culture, biotechnology and cryogenics
Threatened species ecology