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    Associate Professor Rachel Standish

    Research and Teaching Academic

    About me

    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 our rapidly changing world. I use an experimental and conceptual approach to research that is informed by my observations of what occurs in nature. My research fits into three broad themes: 1) Impacts of global changes on native ecosystems, 2) Community assembly and 3) Tools and concepts for the restoration and management of native ecosystems. A major focus of my current research is the application of the resilience concept to environmental management.

    Teaching area

    I co-ordinate and teach Ecology (ENV241) with Professor Neil Loneragan in second semester. I co-ordinate and teach Advanced Research Methods for Scientists (VLS683)in second semester. I guest lecture in Environmental Restoration (ENV324/624).

    Research areas

    Community assembly, ecological thresholds, seedling recruitment, resilience, restoration ecology, urban ecology

    Current projects

    For information about my current research projects please visit: http://www.murdoch.edu.au/Research-capabilities/Terrestrial-Ecology/

    Student opportunities

    I welcome students to come and talk to me about their research interests and longer-term career goals so that I can develop a project to suit. The following projects are indicative of the types of research projects students can complete with my supervision; and can be modified according to the program of study (i.e., honours, MSc, PhD). Students will be co-supervised by other members of the Terrestrial Ecology Research Group and/or researchers based elsewhere.

    Using genetic data to conserve a rare plant The opportunity exists for an honours student to collect data on the genetic structure of a rare and endangered Acacia species. The student would be supervised by me and Dr David Coates at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. The project is part of the Threatened Species Recovery Hub and has funding from the National Environmental Science Program. Students with an interest in laboratory research and motivated to contribute science that will underpin national conservation efforts are encouraged to email me for more details.

    Restoration and resilience Restoring ecological communities that are resilient to disturbance is key to successful restoration. Evaluating the resilience of restored vegetation to disturbance along the restoration trajectory is critical to ultimate restoration success. There is an opportunity to undertake a PhD at Murdoch University investigating mine site restoration resilience to reduced rainfall and fire, with the support of Kings Park Science, South32 and WABSI. A top-up scholarship of $7,500 per annum and operational funding is available to a successful RTP scholarship holder. Students with an interest in field work and establishing networks with mining and restoration industries are encouraged to email Rachel for details.

    Ecology of fine root endophytes Fine root endophytes form symbiotic associations with plants yet their role in plant growth is underexplored. An opportunity exists for an honours student to join a team of researchers investigating fine root endophytes in native and agricultural systems. Outcomes of the honours project will contribute to efforts to predict impacts of global environmental change on ecosystem functions driven by the soil rhizosphere. The project will be funded by the Australian Research Council. Students with an interest in glasshouse experiments and laboratory research are encouraged to email Rachel for more details.



    Awards and grants

    The Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research 2019: Outstanding Research Development.


    Doctoral and masters supervisions

    Past students

    Doctor of Philosophy

    Mandy Trueman (2015) Towards effective management of degraded ecosystems in the highlands of Galapagos. The University of Western Australia. Mandy works as an ecologist in Darwin.

    Martha Aceves-Orozco (2015) Influence of plant species and soil conditions on plant-soil feedback in the jarrah forest. The University of Western Australia. Martha works as a Scientist in Costa Rica and cares for her daughter.

    Christine Allen (2015) Factors that affect seedling establishment and their implications for the translocation of species at risk of extinction. The University of Western Australia. Christine works in regional flora conservation for the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

    Hilary Harrop-Archibald (2015) The influence of litter quality, fungi and invertebrate decomposers on litter decomposition in a Mediterranean-climate ecosystem. The University of Western Australia. Hilary is currently the Invasive Species Partnership Coordinator at Invasive Species Council of British Columbia, Victoria Canada.

    Bridget Johnson (2015) Plant-pollinator networks in a restoration planting, and the effects of non-native plants and nitrogen fertilisation. The University of Western Australia. Bridget completed a post-doc in Brazil before returning to Perth to start a family.

    Mark Murphy (2016) Interactive effects of land-use change and rainfall decline on insect species networks. The University of Western Australia. After a stint teaching at UWA, Mark returned home to write papers.

    Pawel Waryszak (2016) Ecology of soil seed banks and implications for banksia woodland restoration. Murdoch University. Pawel was an Adjunct Researcher at Tulane University in New Orleans and is now a researcher at Deakin University, Victoria.

    Suzanne Orchard (2017) Characterising the morphology, phylogeny, ecology and distribution of the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, fine root endophytes. The University of Western Australia. Suzanne lives in Nelson, New Zealand where she does research at Plant and Food Research Institute.

    Nancy Shackelford (2018) Understanding ecological response to disturbance: Mechanisms and management strategies in a changing world. University of Victoria, Canada. Nancy has secured an academic position in Canada after a post-doctoral position with Prof Katie Suding at the University of Colorado Boulder.

    Lauren Svejcar (2020 ) Plant species interactions in banksia woodland and their influence on restoration success. Murdoch University. Lauren has secured a post-doctoral research position in Oregon, USA.

    Masters of Science by Research

    Lauren Hallett (2010) Ecological filters to seedling establishment for restoration in a Mediterranean climate. The University of Western Australia. Lauren was a Fulbright scholar and she has completed a PhD at the University of California Berkeley, post-doctoral research at the University of Colorado Boulder. Lauren has secured an academic position at the University of California, Davis.

    Lisa Denmead (2011) The impact of land-use intensification on the conservation management of native forest remnants embedded within production landscapes. The University of Western Australia. Lisa completed a PhD with Teja Tscharntke at the University of Göttingen in Germany and has recently started as a Lecturer at Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic in New Zealand.

    Emma Stock (2019) Experimenting with modified extruded pellets for large-scale mine rehabilitation. Murdoch University. Emma is working for Greening Australia in Newman.

    Current students

    Doctor of Philosophy

    William Fowler (July 2015- ) Effects of rapid urbanisation on native ecosystems and the implications for their conservation and management. Murdoch University

    Emily Eakin-Busher (Feb 2016- ) Impacts of urbanisation on native plant-pollinator networks. Murdoch University.

    Leonie Monks (May 2016- ) Ecological factors affecting the success of rare flora translocations. Murdoch University and DBCA.

    Tina Schroeder (August 2016- ) Improving biodiversity outcomes in old-field restoration. Murdoch University.

    Rebecca Dillion (August 2016- ) How mating systems inform conservation of rare plants. University of Adelaide.

    Ebony Cowan (April 2019-) Ecological resilience of restored communities to fire. Murdoch University and Kings Park Science.

    Tom Mansfield (March 2020-) Role of quenda in restoration of dieback-affected forest. Murdoch University. 


    Suzanne Lapensee (July 2019-) Ultimate test of restoration success for the multi-flowered honeysuckle: pollinator behaviour, pollen flow and reproductive output in restored versus native sites. Murdoch University and Kings Park Science.

    Chane van der Merwe (February 2020-) Towards conservation of a rare plant: Seed priming to improve germination success of Tetratheca erubescens. Murdoch University and Kings Park Science.

    Ryan Borrett (February 2020-) eDNA analysis of the soil microbiome through a post-mining restoration chronosequence. Murdoch University and Kings Park Science.


    77. Dornelles AZ, Boyd E, Nunes RJ, Asquith M, Boonstra WJ, Delabre I, Denney JM, Grimm V, Jentsch A, Nicholas KA, Schröter M, Seppelt R, Settele J, Shackelford N, Standish RJ, Yengoh GT, Oliver TH (2020) Towards a bridging concept for undesirable resilience in social-ecological systems. Global Sustainability, accepted 24 March 2020

    76. Johnson BA, Standish RJ, Hobbs RJ (2020) Non-native plants and nitrogen addition have little effect on pollination and seed set in 3-year old restored woodland. Austral Ecology, accepted 30 March 2020

    75. Ochoa-Hueso R, Borer ET, Seabloom EW, Hobbie SE, Risch AC, Collins SL, Alberti J, Bahamonde HA, Brown CS, Caldeira MC, Daleo P, Dickman CR, Ebeling A, Eisenhauer N, Esch E, Eskelinen A, Fernández V, Güsewell S, Gutierrez-Larruga B, Hofmockel K, Laungani R, Lind E, López A, McCulley RL, Moore JL, Peri P, Power SA, Price JN, Prober SM, Roscher C, Sarneel JM, Schütz M, Siebert J, Standish RJ, Ayuso SV, Virtanen R, Wardle GM, Wiehl G, Yahdjian L, Zamin T (2020) Microbial processing of plant remains is co-limited by multiple nutrients in global grasslands. Global Change Biology, accepted 19 March 2020.

    74. Eakin-Busher EL, Ladd PG, Fontaine JB, Standish RJ 2020. Mating strategies dictate importance of insect visits to native plants in urban fragments. Australian Journal of Botany, accepted 17 March 2020.

    73. Weise H, Auge H, Baessler C, Bärlund I, Bennett EM, Berger U, Bohn F, Bonn A, Borchardt D, Brand F, Chatzinotas A, Corstanje R, De Laender F, Dietrich P, Dunker S, Durka W, Fazey I, Groeneveld J, Guilbaud CSE,  Harms H, Harpole S, Harris J, Jax K, Jeltsch F, Johst K, Joshi J, Klotz S, Kühn I, Kuhlicke C, Müller B, Radchuk V, Reuter H, Rinke K, Schmitt-Jansen M, Seppelt R, Singer A, Standish RJ, Thulke HH, Tietjen B, Weitere M, Wirth C, Wolf C, Grimm V Resilience trinity: safeguarding ecosystem services across time horizons and decision contexts. Oikos, in press.

    72. Ruthrof KX, Hopkins AJM, Danks M, O’Hara G, Bell R, Henry D, Standish RJ, Tibbett M, Howieson J, Burgess T, Harper R 2019. Rethinking soil water repellency and its management. Plant Ecology, in press.

    71. Shackelford N, Murray SM, Bennett JR, Lilley PL, Starzomski BM, Standish RJ 2019. Ten years of pulling: Ecosystem recovery after long-term weed management in Garry oak savanna. Conservation Science and Practice 1: e92.

    70. Daws MI, Grigg AH, Tibbett M, Standish RJ 2019. Enduring effects of large legumes and phosphorus fertiliser on jarrah forest restoration 15 years after bauxite mining. Forest Ecology and Management 438: 204–214.

    69. Jellinek S, Wilson KA, Hagger V, Mumaw L, Cooke B, Guerrero AM, Erickson TE, Zamin T, Waryszak P, Standish RJ 2019. Integrating diverse social and ecological motivations to achieve landscape restoration. Journal of Applied Ecology 56: 246–252.

    68. Birnbaum C, Morald TK, Tibbett M, Bennett RG, Standish RJ 2018. Effect of plant root symbionts on performance of native woody species in competition with an invasive grass in multispecies microcosms. Ecology and Evolution 8: 8652–8664.

    67. Standish RJ, Gove AD, Daws MI, Renton M 2018. Nestedness patterns reveal impacts of reduced rainfall on seedling establishment in restored jarrah forest. Forest Ecology and Management 427: 242–249.

    66. Paquette A, Hector A, Castagneyrol B, Vanhellemont M, Koricheva J, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Verheyen K, TreeDivNet 2018. A million and more trees for science. Nature Ecology and Evolution 2: 763–766.

    65. Neuenkamp L, Prober SM, Price JN, Zobel M, Standish RJ 2018. Benefits of mycorrhizal inoculation to ecological restoration depend on plant functional type, restoration context and time. Fungal Ecology DOI 10.1016/j.funeco.2018.05.004.

    64. Shackelford N, Standish RJ, Lindo Z, Starzomski B 2018. The role of landscape connectivity in resistance, resilience, and recovery of multi-trophic microarthropod communities. Ecology 99: 1164–1172.

    63. Clement S, Standish RJ 2018. Novel ecosystems: governance and conservation in the age of the Anthropocene. Journal of Environmental Management 208: 36–45.

    62. Hobbs RJ, Valentine L, Standish RJ, Jackson S 2018. Movers and stayers: novel assemblages in changing environments. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 33: 116–128.

    61. Hautier Y, Isbell F, Borer E, Seabloom E, Harpole W, Lind E, MacDougall A, Stevens C, Adler P, Alberti J, Bakker J, Brudvig L, Buckley Y, Cadotte M, Caldeira M, Chaneton E, Chu C, Daleo P, Dickman C, Dwyer J, Eskelinen A, Fay P, Firn J, Hagenah N, Hillebrand H, Iribarne O, Kirkman K, Knops J, La Pierre K, McCulley R, Morgan J, Pärtel M, Pascual J, Price J, Prober S, Risch A, Sankaran M, Schuetz M, Standish R, Virtanen R, Wardle G, Yahdjian L, Hector A 2018. Local loss and spatial homogenization of plant diversity reduce ecosystem multifunctionality. Nature Ecology Evolution 2: 50–56.

    60. Shackelford N, Standish RJ, Ripple W, Starzomski BM 2017. Threats to biodiversity from cumulative human impacts in one of North America’s last wildlife frontiers. Conservation Biology 32: 672–684.

    59. Guerrero AM, Shoo L, Iacona G, Standish RJ, Catterall CP, Rumpff L, de Bie K, White Z, Matzek V, Wilson KA 2017. Using structured decision making to set restoration objectives when multiple values and preferences exist. Restoration Ecology 25: 858–865.

    58. Trevenen E, Standish RJ, Price C, Hobbs RJ 2017. Restoration and resilience. In: Routledge Handbook of Ecological and Environmental Restoration. SK Allison and SD Murphy (eds). Routledge, UK.

    57. Orozco-Aceves M, Tibbett M, Standish RJ 2017. Correlation between soil development and native plant growth in forest restoration after surface mining. Ecological Engineering 106: 209–218.

    56. Orchard S, Standish RJ, Dickie IA, Renton M, Walker C, Ryan MH, Moot D 2017. Fine root endophytes under scrutiny: A review of the literature on arbuscule-producing fungi recently suggested to belong to the Mucoromycotina. Mycorrhiza 7: 619–638.

    55. Shackelford N, Starzomski B, Banning N, Battaglia LL, Becker A, Bellingham P, Bestelmeyer B, Catford J, Dwyer J, Dynesius M, Gilmour J, Hallett LM, Hobbs RJ, Price J, Sasaki T, Tanner EVJ, Standish RJ 2017. Isolation predicts compositional change after discrete disturbances in a global meta-study. Ecography 40: 1256–1266.

    54. Funk JL, Nguyen MA, Standish RJ, Stock WD, Valladares F 2016. Global resource acquisition patterns of invasive and native plant species do not hold at the regional scale in Mediterranean type ecosystems. Biological Invasions 19: 1143–1151.

    53. Orchard S, Hilton S, Bending GD, Dickie IA, Standish RJ, Gleeson D, Jeffery RP, Powell JR, Walker C, Bass D, Monk J, Simonin A, Ryan MH 2017. Fine endophytes (Glomus tenue) are related to Mucoromycotina, not Glomeromycota. New Phytologist 213: 481–486.

    52. Orchard S, Standish RJ, Nicol D, Dickie IA, Ryan MH 2017. Sample storage conditions alter colonisation structures of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and, particularly, fine root endophyte. Plant and Soil 412: 35–42

    51. Tredennick AT, Adler PB, Grace JB, Harpole WS, Borer ET, Seabloom EW, Anderson TM, Bakker JD, Biederman LA, Brown CS, Buckley YM, Chu C, Collins SL, Crawley MJ, Fay PA, Firn J, Gruner DS, Hagenah N, Hautier Y, Hector A, Hillebrand H, Kirkman K, Knops JM, Laungani R, Lind EM, MacDougall AS, McCulley RL, Mitchell CE, Moore JL, Morgan JW, Orrock JL, Peri PL, Prober SM, Risch AC, Schütz M, Speziale KL, Standish RJ, Sullivan LL, Wardle GM, Williams RJ, Yang LH 2016. Comment on “Worldwide evidence of a unimodal relationship between productivity and plant species richness”. Science 351: 457.

    50. Orchard S, Standish RJ, Nicol D, Gupta VVSR, Ryan MH 2016. The response of fine root endophyte (Glomus tenue) to waterlogging is dependent on host plant species and soil type. Plant and Soil 403: 305–315.

    49. Funk JL, Standish RJ, Stock WD, Valladares F 2016. Comparison of plant functional traits of dominant native and invasive species in Mediterranean-climate ecosystems. Ecology 97: 75–83.

    48. Harrop-Archibald H, Didham RK, Standish RJ, Tibbett M, Hobbs RJ 2016. Mechanisms linking fungal conditioning of leaf litter to detritivore feeding activity. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 93: 119–130.

    47. Daws MI, Standish RJ, Koch JM, Morald TK, Tibbett M, Hobbs RJ 2015. Phosphorus fertilisation and large legume species affect jarrah forest restoration after bauxite mining. Forest Ecology and Management 354: 10–17

    46. Perring MP, Standish RJ, Price JN, Craig MD, Erickson TE, Ruthrof KX, Whiteley AS, Valentine LE, Hobbs RJ 2015. Advances in restoration ecology: Rising to the challenges of the coming decades. Ecosphere 6 (8): article 131.

    45. Perring MP, Jonson J, Freudenberger D, Parsons R, Rooney M, Hobbs RJ, Standish RJ 2015. Soil-vegetation type, stem density and species richness influence biomass of restored woodland in south-western Australia. Forest Ecology and Management 344: 53–62.

    44. Orozco-Aceves M, Standish RJ, Tibbett M 2015. Soil conditioning and plant-soil feedbacks in a modified forest ecosystem are soil-context dependent. Plant and Soil 390: 183–194.

    43. 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.

    42. Standish RJ, Daws MI, Gove AD, Didham RK, Grigg AH, Koch JM, Hobbs RJ 2015. Long-term data suggest jarrah-forest establishment at restored mine sites is resistant to climate variability. Journal of Ecology 103: 78–89.

    41. Denmead LH, Barker GM, Standish RJ, Didham RK 2015. Experimental evidence that even minor livestock trampling has severe effects on land snail communities in forest remnants. Journal of Applied Ecology 52: 161–170.

    40. 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.

    39. 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.

    38. 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.

    37. 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.

    36. Standish RJ, Hulvey KB 2014. Co-benefits of planting species mixes in carbon projects. Ecological Management & Restoration 15: 26–29.

    35. 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.

    34. 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 41: 110–121.

    33. 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.

    32. Hulvey KB, Hobbs RJ, Standish RJ, Lindenmayer DB, Lach L, Perring MP 2013. Benefits of tree-mixes in carbon plantings. Nature Climate Change 3: 869–874.

    31. 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

    30. 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

    29. 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

    28. 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

    27. 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.

    26. Perring MP, Standish RJ and Hobbs RJ 2013. Incorporating novelty and novel ecosystems into restoration planning and practice in the 21st century. Ecological Processes 2: 18.

    25. 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.

    24. 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.

    23. 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 28: 1213–1221.

    22. 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.

    21. 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.

    20. 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

    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. Standish RJ and Hobbs RJ 2010. Restoration of OCBILs in south-western Australia: Response to Hopper. Plant and Soil 330:15–18.

    16. 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.

    15. 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.

    14. 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.

    13. Standish RJ, Sparrow AD, 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.

    12. 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.

    11. 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.

    10. Cramer VA, RJ Standish and 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.

    9. 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.

    8. 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.

    7. Standish RJ 2004. Impact of an invasive clonal herb on epigaeic invertebrates in forest remnants in New Zealand. Biological Conservation 116: 49–58.

    6. 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.

    5. Standish RJ 2002. Experimenting with methods to control Tradescantia fluminensis. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 26: 161–170.

    4. 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.

    3. 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.

    2. 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.

    1. Simmons LW, Teale RJ, Maier M, Standish RJ, Bailey WJ, Withers PC 1992. Some costs of reproduction for male bushcrickets, Requena verticalis (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae) allocating resources to mate attraction and nuptial feeding. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 31: 57–62.