Dr. David Merritt: Research Scientist, Kings Park Botanic Garden, Gardens and Parks Authority, Perth, Western Australia, Australia.
Dr. Merritt has published extensively in the areas of conservation and restoration seed ecology. He was a key player in the discovery and identification of germination-stimulating chemicals in smoke. http://www.bgpa.wa.gov.au/science/staff/david-merritt
Benech-Arnold: Professor of Agronomy, University of
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dr. Benech-Arnold is
well-known for his work on the ecophysiology of weed seeds, particularly
the quantification and modelling of environmental factors that regulate
dormancy status in the soil seed bank.
Dr. Larry Venable: Department
of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, Tucson,
Dr.Venable has published extensively on both
experimental and theoretical aspects of the functional relationships
between seed dormancy and other elements of life history strategy,
especially in annual plants.
Dr. Gehan Jayasuriya: Department
of Botany, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Dr. Jayasuriya is the author of recent
ground-breaking work on the physiological ecology of physical dormancy. His doctoral work was carried out under the tutelage of Jerry and Carol Baskin at the University of Kentucky.
Dr. Kathleen Donohue: Department
of Biology, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA
Donohue works on the interface between evolutionary genetics and
ecology. Her work with seeds includes studies on the sources and
ecological consequences of variation in germination timing and dispersal
Dr. Peter Kotanen: Department
of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto, Mississauga,
Dr. Kotanen is one of the few
people to directly examine impacts of predators and pathogens on seed bank dynamics and to place
these studies in a community context.