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Shane Turner

Dr, BSc PhD Curtin

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

    6009 Perth


  • 811 Citations
  • 15 h-Index
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Personal profile


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.

Previous positions

2010: Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority
2007–2009: University of Queensland
2003–2006: University of Western Australia
2002–2003: Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority

Current projects

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.

Industrial relevance

Minesite restoration
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
Restoration biology


  • Conservation biology
  • Seed biology
  • Seed ecology
  • Plant biotechnology
  • Cryogenic storage

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Research Output 2005 2019

Open Access
edaphic factors
isolated population
conservation management
14 Citations (Scopus)

A research agenda for seed-trait functional ecology

Saatkamp, A., Cochrane, A., Commander, L., Guja, LK., Jimenez-Alfaro, B., Larson, J., Nicotra, A., Poschlod, P., Silveira, F. A. O., Cross, AT., Dalziell, E. L., Dickie, J., Erickson, T. E., Fidelis, A., Fuchs, A., Golos, P. J., Hope, M., Lewandrowski, W., Merritt, D. J., Miller, B. P. & 9 othersMiller, RG., Offord, C. A., Ooi, M. K. J., Satyanti, A., Sommerville, K. D., Tangney, R., Tomlinson, S., Turner, S. & Walck, J. L., 30 Sep 2018, In : New Phytologist.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
26 Citations (Scopus)

Benefits of adopting seed-based technologies for rehabilitation in the mining sector: A Pilbara perspective

Erickson, T., Munoz-Rojas, M., Kildisheva, O. A., Stokes, B., White, S., Heyes, J., Dalziell, E. L., Lewandrowski, W., James, J., Madsen, M., Turner, S. R. & Merritt, D. J., 30 Nov 2017, In : Australian Journal of Botany. 65, 8, p. 646-660

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Western Australia
iron ore
5 Citations (Scopus)
114 Downloads (Pure)

Defining the role of fire in alleviating seed dormancy in a rare Mediterranean endemic subshrub

Cross, A. T., Paniw, M., Ojeda, F., Turner, S. R., Dixon, K. W. & Merritt, D. J., 28 Jul 2017, In : AOB Plants. 9, 5, plx036.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
8 Citations (Scopus)
ecological restoration
threatened species

Projects 2011 2019