Prof Kingsley Dixon

Curtin University, Australia;

Title: What we know and don’t know in delivering effective seed science in restoration and conservation in Mediterranean regions.

Abstract: The five Mediterranean regions of the world are global biodiversity hotspots with each having unique Mediterranean adapted floras. In some instances long periods of isolation and geological stability have resulted in globally unique floras that possess ecological traits rarely found in other regional floras. This is no truer than in seed ecology where high levels of endemism (even to the level of order) have resulted in astonishing variation in seed dormancy, morphology and ecological responses. In this presentation I will discuss novel traits that define these floras focusing on species with long-lived seed banks, complex dormancy states and deep, intractable dormancy. I will conclude with providing an overview of the new relevance of seed ecology and seed science in burgeoning field of restoration ecology and with the recent international release of global standards in ecological restoration.

Biography: Kingsley DIXON is a biologist and Professor at Curtin University, Associate of the Missouri Botanical Garden and a Visiting Professor at Kings Park and Botanic Garden. He specialises in the conservation and restoration sciences with research programs involving community, industry and government through targeted research in seed science, landscape functional analysis, ex situ conservation and plant ecology. He was instrumental in discovering smoke for germination of Australian species and worked on the discovery of the chemicals in smoke responsible for promoting post-fire germination. He holds positions in national and international conservation and professional organisations and is the 2016 Scientist of the Year for Western Australia.