Succession Ecology has PhD-accredited environmental scientists with particular expertise in scientific design, research and reporting.  We can establish field and laboratory research trials, experiments and monitoring programs for your site to deliver evidence-based, quantifable decision-making tools.

Our services include:

  • Developing research questions and objectives
  • Trial design and scientific methods
  • Trial establishment and monitoring activities
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Report writing: including detailed reviews, in-depth data analysis, short MEMOs and public reports and outreach
  • Monitoring and research reviews
  • Monitoring programs to address compliance requirements (SEB offsets and EPA requirements)
  • Developing best practise environmental management for your site
  • Conference papers, presentations, workshops and community outreach

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Recent research topics include:

  • Soil seedbank attributes
  • Germination, plant growth and root development patterns in poor soils
  • Effectiveness of synthetic suppressants for mitigating dust (review of different products and soils)
  • Effect of dust suppressants on germination and plant growth
  • Use of pasture grasses for soil stability and dust management in arid soils
  • Watering cleared sites in the arid zone, is it a viable short-term option?
  • Soil roughening for dust suppression
  • Vegetation rolling, testing an alternative means for site access in the arid zone
  • Fire regimes for managing native grasslands
  • Interactions between soil chemistry and weeds
  • Using landscape management to deter little corellas
  • Silver leaf nightshade control strategies
  • Weed control strategies for windy sites


Selected Peer-Review Publications

(Succession Ecology staff indicated by bold text)

Nesi N., Tsagkogeorga G., Tsang, S.M., Nicolas V., Lalis A., Scanlon A.T., Riesle S.A., Wiantoro S., Hitch A.T., Juste J., Pinzari C.A., Bonaccorso F.J., Lim B.K, Simmons N.B., McGowen M.R. and Rossiter S.J. (2020). Interrogating discordance resolves relationships in the rapid radiation of Old World fruit bats (Chiroptera: Pteropodidae). Systematic Biology (under review).

Christie, G., Horner, B., Scanlon, A.T., Lemon, J. and Williams, B. (2019). A ground-up approach to revegetation in the arid zone.  Proceedings of Mine Closure 2019, 741-752. Available online: here

Horner, B., Christie, G., Williams, B., Scanlon, A.T. and Lemon, J. (2019). Bang for your buck: revegetating arid sites using coloniser species. Proceedings of Mine Closure 2019, 753-758. Available online: here

Scanlon A.T. (2019). Mirimiri acrodontaThe IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T18655A22071017. Available online: here

Scanlon A.T. (2019). Notopteris macdonaldiThe IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T14876A22023433. Available online: here

Waldien D.L., Scanlon A.T., Thompson B.L., Sherwin R.E., Naikatini A. and Tikoca S. (2019). Chaerephon bregullaeThe IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T4309A22020149. Available online: here

Brescia F. and Scanlon, A.T. (2019). Notopteris neocaledonicaThe IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T136519A21982137. Available online: here

Scanlon A.T., Petit S., Tuiwawa M. and Naikatini A. (2018). Response of primary and secondary rainforest flowers and fruits to a cyclone, and implications for plant-servicing bats. Global Change Biology 24, 3820-3836.

Scanlon A.T., Roetman P., Stead M., Gray S. and Lethbridge M. (2016). Little corellas: social and ecological research for management in South Australia. Discovery Circle Initiative, University of South Australia, Adelaide. Available online via Department for Environment and Water: Little Corellas Report.pdf

Scanlon A.T. and Petit S. (2015).  Capture success of Fijian bats (Pteropodidae) and their evaluation as umbrella species for conservation. Pacific Conservation Biology 21, 315-326.

Scanlon A.T., Petit S. and Bottroff G. (2014). The conservation status of bats in Fiji. Oryx 48, 451-459.

Scanlon A.T., Petit S., Tuiwawa M. and Naikatini A. (2014). High similarity between a bat-serviced plant assemblage and that used by humans. Biological Conservation 174, 111-119.

Scanlon A.T. and Petit S. (2013). How faecal sub-sampling methods affect the accuracy of dietary pollen detection. Journal of Mammalogy 94, 1321-1330.

Scanlon A.T., Petit S. and Sternberg L.S. (2013). Insectivory in Fijian flying foxes (Pteropodidae). Australian Journal of Zoology 61, 342-349.

Carthew S.M., Horner B.R. and Jones K.M.W. (2009). Do utility corridors affect movements of small terrestrial fauna?  Wildlife Research 36(6), 488-95.

Carthew S.M. and Cadzow B.R. (2008). Little pygmy-possum. In ‘The mammals of Australia’ (Eds. R. Strahan and S. van Dyck) pg. 217. Reed New Holland: Chatswood, NSW.

Carthew S.M., Cadzow B.R. and Soulkes J.M. (2008). Western pygmy-possum. In ‘The mammals of Australia’ (Eds. R. Strahan and S. van Dyck) pg 215. Reed New Holland: Chatswood, NSW.

Scanlon A.T. and Petit S. (2008). Effects of site, time, weather, and light on urban bat activity and richness: considerations for survey effort. Wildlife Research 35, 821-834.

Scanlon A.T. and Petit S. (2007). Biomass and biodiversity of nocturnal aerial insects in an Adelaide City park and implications for bats (Microchiroptera). Urban Ecosystems 11, 91-106.

Cadzow B.R. and Carthew S.M. (2004). The importance of two species of Banksia in the diet of the western pygmy-possum Cercartetus concinnus and the little pygmy-possum Cercartetus lepidus in South Australia. In 'The Biology of Australian Possums and Gliders' (Eds. R.L. Goldingay and S.M. Jackson). Surrey Beatty & Sons, Chipping Norton.

Cadzow B.R. and Carthew S.M. (2000). Breeding System and fruit development in Persoonia juniperinaCunninghamia 6(4), 941-50.


Who we’ve worked with...

Government Departments
Mining and Engineering Companies
Renewable Energy Projects
Local Councils
Plant Nurseries
Other Environmental Organisations

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We can help take your project from beginning to end...

Project design and management
Addressing legislative requirements and compliance, site assessments and approvals
Research trials and development
Site revegetation, restoration and monitoring

A Successional Approach

Our unique approach to revegetation involves a ‘ground up’ methodology, which floods a site with seeds of native colonising species. The use of colonising species provides rapid site stabilisation and initiates the process of recovery to build ecosystem function. These species add organic carbon to the soil, attract invertebrates, deposit seed, compete with weeds and provide cover. Colonising species in the arid zone can reproduce within 6–8 weeks of rainfall, bolstering the seedbank. These attributes provide a great catalyst for building ecosystems in the arid zone.

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We are passionate about applying ecological processes to achieve cost effective outcomes for our clients. These processes comprise more than just biodiversity services, they can be harnessed to improve business productivity and address complicated site issues.

Our business provides personalised attention to each project and high-quality outputs. The diverse nature of our business enables development of well-rounded, pragmatic outcomes, tailored to site-specific requirements.