Todd Erickson


  • The University of Western Australia (M084), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Crawley


  • 389 Citations
  • 10 h-Index

Personal profile


Graduated in 2006 from the University of South Australia with a BAppSc (Hons). Since 2003 have held research positions at the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide, the Department of Parks and Wildlife (Perth), and Kings Park Botanic Gardens.

Completed a PhD in 2015 at The University of Western Australia working on arid zone seed ecology and large-scale restoration. Currently Project Manager of the Restoration Seedbank (RSB) Initiative, a joint project between UWA, Kings Park, and BHP Billiton Iron Ore and Project Director of a Global Innovation Linkages project titled "Eco-engineering solutions to improve mine-site rehabilitation outcomes" (Partners: Kings Park Science, UWA, Greening Australia (WA), BHP Billiton Iron Ore, Rio Tinto Iron Ore, University of California, Brigham Young University, University of Nevada, and Natural Resource Conservation LLC).

Roles and responsibilities

2008-2015 Doctor of Philosophy (Plant Science) School of Plant Biology, University of Western Australia.
Thesis title: ‘Seed dormancy and germination traits of 89 arid zone species targeted for mine-site restoration in the Pilbara region of Western Australia’

2006 Bachelor of Applied Science (1st class honours) (BAppSc) - Biodiversity, Environmental, and Park Management, University of South Australia.
Thesis title: ‘Seed dormancy patterns and germination requirements of two nationally-threatened Compositae species, Bracyscome muelleri Sond. and Senecio megaglossus F. Muell., in semi-arid South Australia’

2003-2005 Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) - Biodiversity, Environmental, and Park Management, University of South Australia.

Funding overview

1. Hermon Slade Foundation Research Grant (2018-2020) $79,040. Titled “Novel approaches for harnessing native soil microbial communities to restore biodiverse degraded ecosystems in drylands”. Investigators: CI Miriam Muñoz-Rojas, PIs Todd Erickson and David Merritt.

2. University of Western Australia: Research Impact Grant (2018) $19,400. Titled “Catalysing the adoption of ‘restoration engineering’ in large-scale rehabilitation programs”. Investigators: CIs Todd Erickson, David Merritt, Andrew Guzzomi, and Miriam Muñoz-Rojas.

3. Australian Research Council Linkage Program (2017-2022) $675,400. Innovative seed technologies for restoration in a biodiversity hotspot. Investigators: CIs Richard Hobbs, Todd Erickson; PIs Jason Stevens, Matthew Madsen, Vernon Newton, Anthony Pekin, Alan Savage. Partners: The University of Western Australia, Botanic Gardens & Parks Authority, Bentonite Products WA Pty Ltd, Hanson Construction Materials Pty Ltd.

4. Global Innovation Linkages Programme (2017-2021) $1,314,652. Titled “Eco-engineering solutions to improve mine-site rehabilitation outcomes”. Funded by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

5. Global Connections Fund - Priming Grant (2016-2017) $7000. Titled “Testing the co-benefits of seed flaming, coating, and mechanised seed delivery in Australia and the United States of America”.

6. Restoration Seedbank Initiative (2013-2018) $5,036,538. A Community Development Project, contract no. 8600048550, between BHP Western Australian Iron Ore, The University of Western Australia, and the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority (Kings Park Science).

7. Pilbara Seed Atlas Project (2008-2013) $800k +. A collaborative project between BHP Western Australian Iron Ore, The University of Western Australia, and the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority (Kings Park Science).

Current projects

Global Innovation Linkages (GIL) project (2017-2021)

Restoration Seedbank (RSB) Initiative (2013-2018)


Seed ecology
Germination biology
Dormancy alleviation
Mine restoration
Arid zone ecology
Practical application of seed science
Triodia seed establishment

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Projects 2018 2022

Research Output 2013 2017

11 Citations

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 others Stevens, J. C. Jul 2017 In : Restoration Ecology. 25, 4, p. 605-617 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citations
5 Citations

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
8 Citations
seedling emergence
water stress
2 Citations
seed collection
seed crop production
seed production
arid zones