Dr Rachel Standish
Adjunct, Honorary and Visiting Staff (Plant Biology)
- Contact details
- Adjunct, Honorary and Visiting Staff (Plant Biology)
The University of Western Australia (M090)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
- Room G23, Botany Building, Crawley campus
- BSc(Zoology) W.Aust., PhD Massey
- I completed a BSc (Hons) in Zoology at the University of Western Australia in 1991. I spent a few years as a research assistant at the University of Wollongong studying the genetic structure of corals before moving to New Zealand in 1996 to begin a PhD. My PhD research focused on the effects of an invasive weed on community and ecosystem processes within lowland forest remnants. I returned to Perth in 2004, where I joined Professor Richard Hobbs' research group at Murdoch University. Here, I worked with Viki Cramer and others to determine the ecological barriers to old-field recovery in south-western Australia. I became a UWA Research Fellow in 2009.
- Key research
- I have a broad interest in ecology and its application to the management and restoration of native ecosystems. My research is grounded in theory but driven by an interest in developing practical outcomes for restoration in a rapidly changing world. I use an experimental and conceptual approach to research that is informed by my observations of what occurs in nature. In this regard, plants offer many opportunities to explore.
- 41. Hobbs RJ, Higgs ES, Hall CM, Bridgewater P, Chapin III FS, Ellis EC, Ewel JJ, Hallett LM, Harris JA, Hulvey KB, Jackson ST, Kennedy PL, Kueffer C, Lach L, Lanz TC, Lugo AE, Mascaro J, Murphy SD, Nelson CR, Perring MP, Richardson DM, Seastadt TR, Standish RJ, Starzomski BM, Suding KN, Tognetti PM, Yacob L, Yung L 2014. Managing the whole landscape: historical, hybrid and novel ecosystems. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 12: 557–564.
40. Denmead LH, Barker GM, Standish RJ, Didham RK Experimental evidence that even minor livestock trampling has severe effects on land snail communities in forest remnants. Journal of Applied Ecology DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12370
39. Orozco-Aceves M, Standish RJ, Tibbett M 2015. Long-term conditioning of soil by plantation eucalypts and pines does not affect growth of the native jarrah tree. Forest Ecology and Management 338: 92–99.
38. Standish RJ, Daws MI, Gove AD, Didham RK, Grigg AH, Koch JM, Hobbs RJ 2014. Long-term data suggest jarrah-forest establishment at restored mine sites is resistant to climate variability. Journal of Ecology, in press.
37. Trueman M, Standish RJ, Orellana D, Cabrera W 2014. Mapping the extent and spread of multiple plant invasions can help prioritise management in Galapagos National Park. Neobiota 23: 1–16.
36. Standish RJ, Hobbs RJ, Mayfield MM, Bestelmeyer BT, Suding KN, Battaglia LL, Eviner V, Hawkes CV, Temperton VM, Cramer VA, Harris JA, Funk JL, Thomas PA 2014. Resilience in ecology: Abstraction, distraction, or where the action is? Biological Conservation 177: 43-51.
35. Hallett LM, Standish RJ, Jonson J, Hobbs RJ 2014. Seedling emergence and summer survival after direct seeding for woodland restoration on old fields in south-western Australia. Ecological Management & Restoration 15: 140-146.
34. Standish RJ, Hulvey KB 2014. Co-benefits of planting species mixes in carbon projects. Ecological Management & Restoration 15: 26-29.
33. Trueman M, Standish RJ, Hobbs RJ 2014. Identifying management options for modified vegetation: Application of the novel ecosystems framework to a case study in the Galapagos Islands. Biological Conservation 172: 37–48.
32. Renton M, Shackelford N, Standish RJ 2014. How will climate variability interact with long-term climate change to affect the persistence of plant species in fragmented landscapes? Environmental Conservation, in press
31. Daws MI, Standish RJ, Koch JM, Morald TK 2013 Nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizer regime affect jarrah forest restoration after bauxite mining in Western Australia. Applied Vegetation Science 16: 610–618.
30. Hulvey KB, Hobbs RJ, Standish RJ, Lindenmayer DB, Lach L, Perring MP 2013 Benefits of tree-mixes in carbon plantings. Nature Climate Change DOI: 10.1038/NCLIMATE1862
29. Standish RJ, Thompson A, Higgs ES, Murphy SD 2013 Concerns about novel ecosystems. In: Novel Ecosystems: Intervening in the new ecological world order. RJ Hobbs, ES Higgs and CM Hall (eds). Wiley-Blackwell, UK
28. Hallett LM, Standish RJ, Hulvey KB, Gardener MR, Suding KN, Starzomski BM, Murphy SD, Harris JA, Nelson CR 2013 Towards a conceptual framework for the management of novel ecosystems. In: Novel Ecosystems: Intervening in the new ecological world order. RJ Hobbs, ES Higgs and CM Hall (eds). Wiley-Blackwell, UK
27. Hulvey KB, Standish RJ, Hallett LM, Starzomski BM, Suding KN, Murphy SD, Nelson CR, Gardener MR, Kennedy P, Seastedt T 2013 Incorporating novel ecosystems into management frameworks. In: Novel Ecosystems: Intervening in the new ecological world order. RJ Hobbs, ES Higgs and CM Hall (eds). Wiley-Blackwell, UK
26. Perring MP, Manning P, Hobbs RJ,Lugo AE, Ramalho C, Standish RJ 2013 Novel urban ecosystems and ecosystem services. In: Novel Ecosystems: Intervening in the new ecological world order. RJ Hobbs, ES Higgs and CM Hall (eds). Wiley-Blackwell, UK
25. Shackelford N, Hobbs RJ, Burgar JM, Erickson TE, Fontaine JB, Laliberté E, Ramahlo CE, Perring MP, Standish RJ 2013 Primed for change: Developing ecological restoration for the 21st Century. Restoration Ecology 21:297-304
24. Standish RJ, Hobbs RJ, Miller JM 2012 Improving city life: options for ecological restoration in urban landscapes and how these might influence interactions between people and nature. Landscape Ecology DOI 10.1007/s10980-012-9752-1
23. Standish RJ, Fontaine JB, Harris RJ, Stock WD, Hobbs RJ 2012 Interactive effects of altered rainfall and simulated nitrogen deposition on seedling establishment in a global biodiversity hotspot. Oikos 121:2014-2025
22. Renton M, Childs S, Standish RJ, Shackelford N 2013 Plant migration and persistence under climate change in fragmented landscapes: Does it depend on the key point of vulnerability within the lifecycle? Ecological Modelling 249:50-58
21. Renton M, Shackelford N, Standish RJ 2012 Habitat restoration will help some functional plant types persist under climate change in fragmented landscapes. Global Change Biology 18:2057-2070
20. Perring MP, Standish RJ, Hulvey KB, Lach L, Morald TK, Parsons R, Didham RK, Hobbs RJ 2012 The Ridgefield Multiple Ecosystem Services Experiment: Can restoration of former agricultural land achieve multiple outcomes? Agriculture, Ecosystems and the Environment 163:14-27
19. Hallett LM, Standish RJ, Hobbs RJ 2011 Seed mass and summer drought survival in a Mediterranean-climate ecosystem. Plant Ecology 212:1479-1489
18. Prober SM, Standish RJ, Wiehl G 2011 After the fence: Soil and vegetation condition in grazed, fenced and benchmark remnants of forb-rich eucalypt woodland. Australian Journal of Botany 59:396-381
17. Prober SM, Thiele KR, Rundel PW, Byrne M, Christidis L, Gosper CR, O’Connor MH, Grierson PF, Macfarlane C, Scott JK, Standish RJ, et al. 2012 Facilitating adaptation of biodiversity to climate change: a conceptual framework applied to the world’s largest Mediterranean-climate woodland. Climatic Change 110:227-248
16. Standish RJ and Hobbs RJ 2010 Restoration of OCBILs in south-western Australia: Response to Hopper. Plant and Soil 330:15–18
15. Standish RJ, Cramer VA and Hobbs RJ 2008 Land-use legacy and the persistence of invasive Avena barbata on abandoned farmland. Journal of Applied Ecology 45: 1576–1583.
14. Cramer VA, Hobbs RJ, Standish RJ 2008 What’s new about old fields? Land abandonment and ecosystem assembly. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 23 : 104-112.
13. Standish RJ, Cramer VA and Yates CJ 2008 A revised state-and-transition model for the restoration of woodlands in Western Australia. New Models for Ecosystem Dynamics (eds R.J. Hobbs & K.N. Suding). Island Press, Washington, DC.
12. Standish RJ, Sparrow A D, Williams PA and Hobbs RJ 2008 A State-and-Transition Model for the Recovery of Abandoned Farmland in New Zealand . New Models for Ecosystem Dynamics (eds R.J. Hobbs & K.N. Suding). Island Press, Washington, DC.
11. Harris RJ and Standish RJ 2008 Ant dispersal and predation affects the availability of seeds for old-field recolonisation in Western Australia. The Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia 91: 301–312.
10. Standish RJ, VA Cramer, SL Wild and RJ Hobbs 2007 Seed dispersal and recruitment limitation are barriers to native recolonisation of old-fields in Western Australia. Journal of Applied Ecology 44: 435–445.
9. Cramer VA, RJ Standish & RJ Hobbs 2007 Western Australian Old Fields: Prospects for the Recovery of Native Vegetation in an Ancient and Highly Modified Landscape. In Old Fields: Dynamics and Restoration of Abandoned Farmland, eds. VA Cramer and RJ Hobbs, Island Press, Washington, pp. 286-306.
8. Standish RJ, Stokes BA, Tibbett M, Hobbs RJ 2007 Seedling response to phosphate addition and inoculation with arbuscular mycorrhizas and the implications for old-field restoration in Western Australia. Environmental and Experimental Botany 61: 58–65.
7. Standish RJ, Cramer VA, Hobbs RJ and Kobryn HT 2006 Legacy of land-use evident in soils of Western Australia’s wheatbelt. Plant and Soil 280: 189–207.
6. Standish RJ 2004 Impact of an invasive clonal herb on epigaeic invertebrates in forest remnants in New Zealand. Biological Conservation 116: 49–58.
5. Standish RJ, Williams PA, Robertson AW, Scott NA, Hedderley DI 2004 Invasion by a perennial herb increases decomposition rate and alters nutrient availability in warm temperate lowland forest remnants. Biological Invasions 6: 71–81.
4. Standish RJ 2002 Experimenting with methods to control Tradescantia fluminensis. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 26: 161–170.
3. Standish RJ, Robertson AW, Williams PA 2001 The impact of an invasive weed Tradescantia fluminensis on native forest regeneration. Journal of Applied Ecology 38: 1253–1263.
2. Roberts JD, Standish RJ, Byrne PG, Doughty P 1999 Synchronous polyandry and multiple paternity in the frog Crinia georgiana (Anura: Myobatrachidae). Animal Behaviour 57: 721–726.
1. Ayre DJ, Hughes TP, Standish RJ 1997 Genetic differentiation, reproductive mode, and gene flow in the brooding coral Pocillopora damicornis along the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Marine Ecology Progress Series 159: 175–187.
- Funding received
- 2012 Bjarne K Dahl Trust Grant with S Prober
2012 Alcoa of Australia Grant with RK Didham & RJ Hobbs
2009 UWA Development Award
2008 DEC with RJ Hobbs
2008 Avon Catchment Council with SM Prober
2006–9 ARC-Linkage with RJ Hobbs, M Tibbett & JM Koch
1997–01 Landcare Research (NZ) scholarship
- Currently I co-supervise five PhD students: Hilary Harrop-Archibald, Mark Murphy, Bridget Johnson, Suzanne Orchard, and Nancy Shackelford.
Completed: Lauren Hallett, Lisa Denmead (both MSc); Mandy Trueman, Christine Allen, Martha Orozco Aceves (all PhD).
- Current external positions
- Editorial Board Member, Ecological Management and Restoration
Associate Editor, Journal of Vegetation Science and Applied Vegetation Science
- Useful links
- Ecosystem Restoration & Intervention Ecology Research Group
- Current projects
- I contribute to a number of research projects including a large-scale restoration project at UWA Future Farm, testing for evidence of resilience of jarrah forest species to climate change, experimenting with fire as a tool for restoration of woodlands degraded by grazing, and another that aims to compare plant traits of weeds and natives in Mediterranean-climate ecosystems of the world.
- Research profile
Research profile and publications