Kingsley Dixon|Curtin University

Professor Dixon is a John Curtin Distinguished Professor with Curtin’s School of Molecular and Life Science and a Visiting Professor at Kings Park and Botanic Garden. His work in conservation science, restoration ecology and plant science has been fundamental to conserving threatened species and transforming ecological restoration practice in Australia.

His discovery of the chemical in smoke that is responsible for germination in Australian species has had widespread application, being valued at $100 million per annum in terms of potential global benefits to agriculture, mining restoration and horticulture. As Foundation Director of Science at the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority for 32 years, he is acknowledged as the driving force behind the creation of its world-recognised research laboratories.