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Dr Sean Bellairs is a Senior Lecturer in the College of Engineering, IT and Environment, specialising in plant science research and teaching. His research areas focus on restoration of native vegetation on mine sites and other disturbed lands, ecosystem development, seed biology, development of success criteria for ecological restoration and commercial use of native plants. This includes commercialisation of native Australian rice. Sean Bellairs holds a PhD in Ecological Restoration and recently won an award from the Extractive Industry Association of the NT. Publications include a review of tropical seed biology and a textbook chapter on restoration of tropical savanna.

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Research Output 1990 2019

Open Access
Andropogon gayanus

Seed set in Sorghum stipoideum, and not fire, determines the timing of breeding by Gouldian finches (Erythrura gouldiae)

Weier, A., Radford, I. J., Bellairs, S. M. & Lawes, M. J., Feb 2019, In : Austral Ecology. 44, 1, p. 151-162 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
seed set
Sorghum (Poaceae)

Development of Success Criteria for Reestablishment of Native Flora Habitats on Coal Mine Rehabilitation Areas in Australia

Bellairs, S. M., 4 May 2018, Remediation and Management of Degraded Lands. New York: Routledge, p. 13-24 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Paper published in ProceedingsResearchpeer-review

coal mine

North Australian native rice: Market evaluation of a potential new wild food enterprise

Bellairs, S. & Wurm, P. P., 1 Sep 2018, AgriFutures Australia . 20 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Open Access
wild foods
wild rice
Northern Territory
food quality
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Seed germination of coastal monsoon vine forest species in the Northern Territory, Australia, and contrasts with evergreen rainforest

Thusithana, V., Bellairs, S. M. & Bach, C. S., Jun 2018, In : Australian Journal of Botany. 66, 3, p. 218-229 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Northern Territory
rain forests


Assessing the invasiveness of Calotropis procera (Aiton) W.T. Aiton in northern Australia

Author: Menge, E. O., 2017

Supervisor: Bellairs, S. M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - CDU


Vegetation development in gold mine rehabilitation in relation to cattle grazing in the Northern Territory, Australia

Author: Warintan Saragih, E., 2017

Supervisor: Bellairs, S. M. (Supervisor) & Wurm, P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - CDU