Sean Bellairs

Research background

My research specialisations are in the areas of restoration ecology, seed biology and commercialisation of native plants.

My restoration ecology investigations include assessing vegetation community development; determining indicators of successful ecological structure and functioning; establishment ecology; and seed biology and dormancy of Australian native plant species. I have been sponsored to carry out research into the establishment of native flora communities on disturbed lands by mining companies, government agencies and the Australian Research Council at sites in the Northern Territory, New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia.

Prior to March 2002, I was a research fellow at the Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation, The University of Queensland. I carried out research projects for mining company and industry body clients to solve issues with the rehabilitation of sustainable low maintenance native vegetation communities on mine-sites.

Other plant science areas include investigating the seed biology of threatened species and for the last several years I have investigated the commercialisation of Australian native rice species with Dr Penny Wurm.

Teaching

includes first year biology (ENV102 Diversity of Life), second year plant science units (ENV203 Environmental Survey and Monitoring Skills; ENV204 Ecosystems and Biodiversity; ENV206 Environmental Physiology) and third year and masters level units in Ecological Restoration and Conservation (ENV303/ENV503).
 

Student project supervision

I also supervise student research projects at undergraduate, Honours, Masters of Environmental Science and PhD level.  I usually have plant science, seed biology or mining rehabilitation projects available for undergraduate, Honours and masters research projects. 

  • See the "More info" tab for details on available Funded Honours and PhD projects.

* PhD PROJECT investigating rehabilitation of Utricularia after sand extraction - $10,000 pa top up scholarship offered.

Principal research areas include:

  • seed biology, dormancy, viability and establishment ecology,
  • mine site rehabilitation,
  • weed biology and ecological control of weeds
  • ecological success criteria for rehabilitation of disturbed lands.
  • biology of threatened flora species,
  • commercial utilisation of native species
Year Type Citation
2013 Journal Article Farley, G. J., Bellairs, S. M. & Adkins, S. W. Germination of selected Australian native grass species, with potential for minesite rehabilitation. Australian Journal of Botany 61, 283 (2013).
2013 Journal Article Lawes, M. J., Taplin, P., Bellairs, S. M. & Franklin, D. C. Contrasting stand size effects on the reproductive biology of a declining tropical conifer Callitris intratropica. Plant Ecology 214, 169-174 (2013).
2012 Report Wurm, P., Campbell, L., Batten, G. D. & Bellairs, S. M. Australian native rice: A new sustainable wild food enterprise. Research Project No PRJ000347/Publication No 10/175 (Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, 2012). at <https://rirdc.infoservices.com.au/items/10-175>
2010 Journal Article Burrows, G. E. et al. A wide diversity of epicormic structures is present in Myrtaceae species in the northern Australian savanna biome - implications for adaptation to fire. Australian Journal of Botany 58, 493-507 (2010).
2008 Journal Article Burrows,  G. E. et al. Leaf Axil Anatomy and Bud Reserves in 21 Myrtaceae Species from Northern Australia. International Journal of Plant Sciences 169, 1174 - 1186 (2008).
2008 Journal Article Bellairs, S. M., Franklin, D. C. & Hogarth, N. J. A tropical, gregariously semelparous bamboo shows no seed dormancy. Biotropica 40, 28 - 31 (2008).
2007 Book Chapter Bellairs, S. M. & Ashwath, N. Seeds: Biology, Development and Ecology. 416-427 (CABI Publishing, 2007).
2007 Journal Article Reichman, S. M., Bellairs, S. M. & Mulligan, D. R. Effect of seed treatment on the emergence of Cassia brewsteri and Lysiphyllum carronii seeds stored in soil. The Rangeland Journal 29, 133–137 (2007).
2006 Conference Paper Bellairs, S. M. Ecological control of weeds on mine sites across Australia. Proceedings of the 15th Australian Weeds Conference. (Eds. C. Preston, J.H. Watts and N.D. Crossman). pp. 297-300 (Weed Management Society of South Australia, Adelaide, 2006).
2006 Conference Paper Bayliss, P. et al. The impact of uncontrolled weeds on the rehabilitation success of Nabarlek uranium mine in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. 15th Australian Weeds Conference: Managing Weeds in a Changing Climate (Preston, C., Watts, J. H. & Crossman, N. D.) 305 - 308 (Weed Management Society of South Australia, 2006). at <http://espace.cdu.edu.au/view/cdu:2333>
2006 Conference Paper Wurm, P., Bellairs, S. M. & Kernich, B. Suppression of native wild rice germination by exotic para grass. 'Managing Weeds in A Changing Climate': Proceedings of the 15th Australian Weeds Conference, 24-28 September 2006 (Preston, C., Watts, J. H. & Crossman, N. D.) (2006). at <http://www.caws.org.au/awc/2006/awc200618231.pdf>
2006 Journal Article Reichman, S. M., Bellairs, S. M. & Mulligan, D. R. The effects of temperature and salinity on Acacia harpophylla (brigalow) (Mimosaceae) germination. The Rangeland Journal 28, 175–178 (2006).
2006 Journal Article Bellairs, S. M., Bartier, F. V., Gravina, A. J. & Baker, K. Seed biology implications for the maintenance and establishment of Tetratheca juncea (Tremandraceae), a vulnerable Australian species. Australian Journal of Botany 54, 35–41 (2006).
2004 Book Chapter Loch, D. S., Adkins, S. W., Hestlehurst, M., Paterson, M. & Bellairs, S. M. Warm season (C4) grasses 95-143 (American Society of Agronomy Inc., 2004).
2004 Report Calnan, T., Bellairs, S. M. & Setterfield, S. A. Soil surface and native grass treatments for erosion control at Craig Creek, Mt Bundy Training Area. (Charles Darwin University, 2004). at <http://espace.cdu.edu.au/view/cdu:6985>
2004 Journal Article Allan, S. M., Adkins, S. W., Preston, C. A. & Bellairs, S. M. Improved germination of the Australian natives: Hibbertia commutata, Hibbertia amplexicaulis (Dilleniaceae), Chameascilla corymbosa (Liliaceae), and Leucopogon nutans (Epacridaceae). Australian Journal of Botany 52, 345 (2004).
2004 Report Calnan, T., Bellairs, S. M. & Setterfield, S. A. Soil surface and native grass treatments for erosion control at Craig Creek, Mt Bundy Training Area. (Charles Darwin University, 2004). at <http://espace.cdu.edu.au/view/cdu:6986>
2004 Conference Proceedings Read, T. R., Bellairs, S. M., Mulligan, D. R., Lamb, D. & Kaliher, L. Wood chip mulch: enhancing initial vegetation establishment on mined land. Proceedings of the Fifth Australian Workshop on Native Seed Biology 235-250 (2004).
2004 Report Calnan, T., Bellairs, S. M. & Setterfield, S. A. Soil surface and native grass treatments for erosion control at Craig Creek, Mt Bundy Training Area. (Charles Darwin University, 2004). at <http://espace.cdu.edu.au/view/cdu:6988>
2004 Conference Proceedings Bellairs, S. M. & Calnan, T. Mulch in the Top End, Northern Territory: Establishment elixir or Trojan Horse?. Proceedings of the Fifth Australian Workshop on Native Seed Biology 251-262 (2004).
2004 Conference Paper Setterfield, S. A., Bellairs, S. M., Douglas, M. M. & Calnan, T. Seed bank dynamics of two exotic grass species in Australia's northern savanna. 14th Australian Weeds Conference (Sindel, B. M. & Johnson, S. B.) 555 - 557 (Weed Society of New South Wales, 2004). at <http://espace.cdu.edu.au/view/cdu:1626>
2002 Journal Article Adkins, S. W., Bellairs, S. M. & Loch, D. S. Seed dormancy mechanisms in warm season grass species. Euphytica 126, 13-20 (2002).
2001 Journal Article Read, T. R., Bellairs, S. M., Mulligan, D. R. & Lamb, D. Smoke and heat effects on soil seed bank germination for the re-establishment of a native forest community in New South Wales. Austral Ecology 25, 48 - 57 (2001).
1999 Book Chapter Bellairs, S. M. Remediation and Management of Degraded Lands 13-24 (Lewis Publishers, 1999).
1999 Journal Article Read, T. R. & Bellairs, S. M. Smoke affects the germination of native grasses of New South Wales. . Australian Journal of Botany 47, 563-576 (1999).
1998 Journal Article Jhurree, B., Bellairs, S. M. & Hetherington, S. E. Germination and dormancy release of seeds of Australian native understorey species used for minesite rehabilitation. Seed Science and Technology 26, 587-601 (1998).
1996 Journal Article Bellairs, S. M., Turner, N. C., Hick, P. T. & Smith, R. C. G. Plant and soil influences on estimating biomass of wheat in plant breeding plots using field spectral radiometers. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 47, 1017 - 1034 (1996).
1993 Journal Article Bellairs, S. M. & Bell, D. T. Seed Stores for Restoration of Species-Rich Shrubland Vegetation Following Mining in Western Australia. Restoration Ecology 1, 231 - 240 (1993).
1992 Journal Article Bell, D. T. & Bellairs, S. M. Effects of temperature on the germination of selected Australian native species used in the rehabilitation of bauxite mining disturbance in Western Australia. . Seed Science and Technology 20, 47-55 (1992).
1990 Conference Proceedings Bellairs, S. M. Seed biology and establishment ecology of northern sandplain kwongan vegetation after mineral sand mining near Eneabba, Western Australia. Environmental Workshop 1990 Proceedings 1., 163-171 (1990).
1990 Conference Proceedings Bell, D. T., Vlahos, S. & Bellairs, S. M. Seed ecology in relation to reclamation: lessons from mined lands in Western Australia. . Proceedings of the Ecological Society of Australia 16, 531-535 (1990).
1990 Journal Article Bellairs, S. M. & Bell, D. T. Canopy-borne seed store in three Western Australian plant communities. Austral Ecology 15, 299 - 305 (1990).
1990 Journal Article Bellairs, S. M. & Bell, D. T. Temperature Effects on the Seed-Germination of 10 Kwongan Species From Eneabba, Western-Australia. Australian Journal of Botany 38, 451 (1990).

PhD project available 2013 or 2014:

Rehabilitation of Utricularia sandsheet habitat after sand extraction in the Darwin rural area.
http://riel.cdu.edu.au/research/opportunity/2013

$10,000 pa top up scholarship offered.

 

Honours projects available 2014:

Biology of the carnivorous genus Utricularia

Restoration of gravel mined areas in the Darwin rural area

Seed biology of Australian native species.

Plasticity in Australian native rice species in response to water levels.

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