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Dr Tricia Wevill



Senior Lecturer, Environmental Sciences


Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env


School of Life & Env Sciences


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Graduate Certificate of Higher Ed. Learning & Teaching, Deakin University, 2016
Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 2009

+61 3 924 46439


My research interests include the study of vegetation dynamics at both fine-scale and landscape levels, in response to altered environmental and disturbance regimes.  I am particularly interested in how ecological theory can be used to understand community development and the application of this knowledge to land management.  Recent research has focused on the restoration of degraded landscapes, understanding plant community responses to changed disturbance regimes through the study of soil seed banks, and recruitment requirements in semi-arid systems.

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Biography summary

Since completing my PhD in 2009,  I have worked with environmental consultants, with industry partners in research and in tertiary education.

Research interests

Plant Ecology

Restoration Ecology


Monash University
Ecological Society of Australia
International Association of Vegetation Scientists
Australian Science Communicators

Units taught

SLE103  - Ecology  and the Environment

SLE216 - Bushfire Management

SLE317 - Australian vegetation and its Management

Knowledge areas

Plant Ecology


Environmental Science



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Impact of Phytophthora dieback on a key heathland species Xanthorrhoea australis (Asphodelaceae) (austral grasstree) and floristic composition in the eastern Otways, Victoria

B Wilson, S Casey, M Garkaklis, C Learmonth, T Wevill

(2024), Vol. 72, pp. 1-14, Australian Journal of Botany, Melbourne, VIC., C1

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Impacts of planned burning on the fungal diversity and vascular plants in a heathy woodland

M Johnston, A Miller, O Holland, Z Clark, T Wevill

(2024), Vol. 563, pp. 1-10, Forest Ecology and Management, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Bushfire Risk Detection Using Internet of Things: An Application Scenario

M Nosouhi, K Sood, N Kumar, T Wevill, C Thapa

(2022), pp. 1-9, IEEE Internet of Things Journal, Piscataway, NJ, C1

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Restoration of a declining foundation plant species: Testing the roles of competitor suppression, fire reintroduction and herbivore exclusion

K Bell, T Doherty, T Wevill, D Driscoll

(2022), Vol. 59, pp. 1852-1862, Journal of Applied Ecology, London, Eng., C1

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Acclimation to water stress improves tolerance to heat and freezing in a common alpine grass

Emma Sumner, Virginia Williamson, Roslyn Gleadow, Tricia Wevill, Susanna Venn

(2022), pp. 1-13, Oecologia, Heidelberg, Germany, C1

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How fire interacts with habitat loss and fragmentation

D Driscoll, D Armenteras, A Bennett, L Brotons, M Clarke, T Doherty, A Haslem, L Kelly, C Sato, H Sitters, N Aquilué, K Bell, M Chadid, A Duane, M Meza-Elizalde, K Giljohann, T González, R Jambhekar, J Lazzari, A Morán-Ordóñez, T Wevill

(2021), Vol. 96, pp. 976-998, Biological Reviews, England, C1

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Peer-pairing sessional staff in a large first year Science unit as a form of supportive academic development

Tricia Wevill, Julia Savage

(2020), Vol. 17, pp. 4-22, Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, C1-1

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A critique of 'countryside biogeography' as a guide to research in human-dominated landscapes

Don Driscoll, Sara Balouch, Thomas Burns, Tim Garvey, Tricia Wevill, Kaori Yokochi, Tim Doherty

(2019), Vol. 46, pp. 2850-2859, Journal of biogeography, London, Eng., C1

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Peer-pairing sessional staff in a large first year science unit as a form of supportive academic development

T Wevill, J Savage

(2019), Vol. 17, pp. 1-18, Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, Wollongong, N.S.W., C1

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The effect of prescribed burning on plant rarity in a temperate forest

J Patykowski, G Holland, M Dell, T Wevill, K Callister, A Bennett, M Gibson

(2018), Vol. 8, pp. 1714-1725, Ecology and evolution, Chichester, Eng., C1

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Rarity and nutrient acquisition relationships before and after prescribed burning in an Australian box-ironbark forest

J Patykowski, M Dell, T Wevill, M Gibson

(2018), Vol. 10, AoB PLANTS, England, C1

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An assessment of riparian restoration outcomes in two rural catchments in south-western Victoria: Focusing on tree and shrub species richness, structure and recruitment characteristics

T Wevill, S Florentine

(2014), Vol. 15, pp. 133-139, Ecological Management & Restoration, London, Eng., C1-1

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Plant traits that enhance pollutant removal from stormwater in biofiltration systems

J Read, T Fletcher, T Wevill, A Deletic

(2010), Vol. 12, pp. 34-53, International journal of phytoremediation, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

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Fine-scale patterns in the distribution of semi-arid tree species at Wyperfeld National Park, southeastern Australia - the potential roles of resource gradients vs disturbance

T Wevill, J Read

(2010), Vol. 74, pp. 482-490, Journal of arid environments, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Variation among plant species in pollutant removal from stormwater in biofiltration systems

J Read, T Wevill, T Fletcher, A Deletic

(2008), Vol. 42, pp. 893-902, Water research, London, Eng., C1-1

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Empowering Teaching Assistants to Support Students: Impact of Training and Experience on Perceptions and Practices

Madeleine Schultz, Lisa Chiavaroli, Jillian Healy, Kieran Lim, Tricia Wevill

(), Vol. 30, International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, C1

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Funded Projects at Deakin

No Funded Projects at Deakin found


Principal Supervisor

John Wallace Patykowski

Thesis entitled: The effect of disturbance on plant rarity and ecosystem function

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Associate Supervisor

Jeronimo Vazquez Ramirez

Thesis entitled: Australian Alpine Plant Regeneration From Seed Under Climate Change

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences


Emma Elizabeth Sumner

Thesis entitled: Heat, Frost and Drought: How will Australian alpine plants respond to future climate extremes?

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences