Todd Erickson

Dr

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

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Biography

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

14. BHP Western Australia Iron Ore: Targeted Research Project (2020) $460,000. Titled “Revegetated Cover Systems Program”. Investigators: CIs Sebastian Lamoureux, PIs Jason Stevens, Todd Erickson, Erik Veneklaas, Matthias Leopold, Paul Drake, Robert Shurniak.

13. Australian Microbiome Initiative (2019) (ca. $20,000; funding covers meta-genomic samples for analysis). Titled “Harnessing native soil microbes for dryland restoration in Western Australia”. CI Miriam Muñoz-Rojas, PIs Todd Erickson, David Merritt, Angela Chilton.

12. Bureau of Land Management, Nevada Plant Conservation and Restoration Management Program (2019-2021) $49,000 USD. Titled “Use of flash flaming, fungicide, abscisic acid treatments to improve seed delivery and establishment of Winterfat (Krascheninnikovia lanata)”. CIs Matthew Madsen, Mitch Thacker, Todd Erickson, Kevin Gunnell, Melissa Landeen, Danny Summers. FAO NO. L19AS00074.

11. BHP Global: Targeted Literature Review (2019) $91,891.  Titled “Integrated mine closure in working landscapes”. Investigators: CIs Todd Erickson, Richard Hobbs, David Merritt, Jason Stevens.

10. Rio Tinto Iron Ore: Targeted Research Project (2019) $65,291. Titled “Seed dormancy-break and germination requirements of the rare perennial shrub Aluta quadrata”. Investigators: CIs Todd Erickson, David Merritt, Jason Stevens.

9. BHP Western Australia Iron Ore: Targeted Research Project (2019) $82,223. Titled “Revegetated Cover Systems Program”. Investigators: CIs Sebastian Lamoureux, PIs Jason Stevens, Todd Erickson, Erik Veneklaas, Matthias Leopold, Paul Drake, Robert Shurniak.

8. Rio Tinto Iron Ore: Targeted Research Project (2018-2019) $74,919. Titled “Developing conservation and rehabilitation options for targeted and iconic Pilbara plants species”. Investigators: CIs Todd Erickson, David Merritt, Shane Turner, Jason Stevens.

7. 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.

6. 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.

5. 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.

3. Global Connections Fund - Priming Grant (2016-2017) $7,000. Titled “Testing the co-benefits of seed flaming, coating, and mechanised seed delivery in Australia and the United States of America”.

2. 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).

1. Pilbara Seed Atlas Project (2008-2013) $800,000+. 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)

Research

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

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