biogeography botanical survey conservation status of plant species and communities salinity salt lakes soil surveys and analysis wetland monitoring wetland plants


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17 Dick Perry Avenue, Technology Park, Western Precinct, Kensington WA 6151, Australia
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Locked Bag 104, Bentley Delivery Centre WA 6983, Australia

Profile

I am currently a Research Scientist within the Biogeography and Wetland Conservation Programs. My main area of research has centred on conducting plot-based regional vegetation and flora surveys to determine the conservation status of plant communities and species. Botanical surveys to date have included the coastal areas of the south coast, Swan Coastal Plain, Goldfields ranges, Carnarvon Basin, Wheatbelt, Pilbara, and most recently the islands along the Kimberley Coast. Surveys of the Wheatbelt and Pilbara have focused on the riparian and aquatic flora of wetlands and rivers.

My other primary work has been a long-term monitoring project (1997- present) documenting trends in wetland vegetation condition in the south-west. This is has focused on the impacts of altered hydrology and salinity on vegetation health and the population dynamics of riparian tree species.

I have a keen interest in the flora and plant communities of naturally saline wetlands especially those with landforms containing gypseous soils.


Expertise

Regional botanical surveys.

Wetland survey.

Vegetation monitoring.

Conservation status of plant communities and species.

 


Brief CV

I completed an honours degree in botany from University of Western Australia. My honours research examined the interaction of honeybees and native insect pollinators in the Northern Sandplains. Prior to joining the formerley CALM Science Division at Woodvale in 1989, I was employed by CALM’s Wheatbelt region to conduct reserve surveys and reserve management duties.

Since that time I have been involved in wetland and terrestrial vegetation surveys throughout much of the state, including intensive monitoring of wetland vegetation in the south west. I have also undertaken the description of novel wetland taxa discovered during major survey projects.

 


Projects

Fortescue Marsh flora and mapping project.

Kimberley Islands Biological Survey.

State Salinity Strategy Wetland Monitoring.

Pilbara Biological Survey.


Publications (60)

Departmental Publications (60)

Found 60 items

2015

Gibson LA, Williams KJ, Pinder AM, Harwood T, McKenzie NL, Ferrier S et al. [Lyons MN, Burbidge AH] (2015). Compositional patterns in terrestrial fauna and wetland flora and fauna across the Pilbara biogeographic region of Western Australia and the representativeness of its conservation reserve system. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 78, pp. 515–545

Lyons MN (2015). The riparian flora and plant communities of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 78, pp. 485–513

Lyons MN, Keighery G (2015). A new species of Angianthus (Asteraceae: Asteroideae: Gnaphalieae) from the south-west of Western Australia. Nuytsia 25, pp. 125–129

Pinder A, Lane J, Lyons M, Cale D (2015). Aquatic fauna of the seasonal wetlands in Wandoo National Park. PowerPoint presentation at Seasonal Clay-Based Wetlands Workshop: Wandoo National Park: Friday 13 November 2015, Margaret Forrest Centre, John Forrest National Park. 19 p.

2014

Lyons M (2014). Kimberley islands: microcosms of the mainland's flora and vegetation. Available at https://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/about-us/science-and-research/publications-resources/111-science-division-information-sheets. 78/2014, 2 p.

Lyons MN, Keighery GJ, Gibson LA, Handasyde T (2014). Flora and vegetation communities of selected islands off the Kimberley coast of Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 81, pp. 205–243

2011

Cale DJ, McCormick C, Lyons MN, Pinder AM (2011). State Salinity Strategy wetland biodiversity monitoring report: Lake Wheatfield 1997-2009. Department of Environment and Conservation, Woodvale, WA. 62 p.

Keighery G, Lyons M, Gibson N, Keighery B (2011). Vascular flora of Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. Conservation Science Western Australia 8, pp. 31–60

2010

Cale D, Lyons M, McCormick C, Pinder A, Walker C (2010). State Salinity Strategy wetland biodiversity monitoring report: Lake Eganu 1998-2007. Department of Environment and Conservation, Woodvale, WA. 42 p.

Keighery G, Lyons M, Gibson N, Keighery B (2010). Vascular flora of the Margaret River Plateau national parks, conservation parks and state forest, south-western Western Australia. Conservation Science Western Australia 7, pp. 481–502

2009

Gibson N, Keighery GJ, Lyons MN, Webb A (2009). Terrestrial flora and vegetation of the Western Australian wheatbelt. Appendices. Department of Environment and Conservation, Woodvale, WA. pp. 289–366

Halse SA, Lyons MN, Pinder AM, Shiel RJ (2009). Biodiversity patterns and their conservation in wetlands of the Western Australian wheatbelt. Appendices. Department of Environment and Conservation, Woodvale, WA. pp. 555–611

Lyons MN, Dunlop JA (eds) (2009). Data appendices: a biodiversity survey of the Western Australian agricultural zone. Department of Environment and Conservation, Woodvale, WA. 624 p.

Lyons MN, Gibson N, Keighery GJ, Lyons SD (2009). Wetland flora and vegetation of the Western Australian wheatbelt. Appendices. Department of Environment and Conservation, Woodvale, WA. pp. 53–144

Shepherd KA, Lyons MN (2009). Three new species of Tecticornia (Chenopodiaceae, subfamily Salicornioideae) identified through Salinity Action Plan surveys of the central wheatbelt region, Western Australia. Nuytsia 19, pp. 167–180

2007

Keighery GJ, Gibson N, van Leeuwen S, Lyons MN, Patrick S (2007). Biological survey and setting priorities for flora conservation in Western Australia. Australian Journal of Botany 55, pp. 308–315

Lyons M (2007). Juncus acutus occurrence in the wheatbelt (ABSTRACT). 11 digital slides

Lyons MN (2007). The current distribution of Juncus acutus and aspects of its occurrence in the SW agricultural zone. In Managing Sharp Rush (Juncus acutus): proceedings of a workshop held at Wollaston College Conference Centre, Mt Claremont, Perth, Western Australia, Friday 4 August 2006 Department of Environment and Conservation, Kensington, WA. pp. 19–25

Lyons MN, Dunlop JA (comps) (2007). Western Australia agricultural zone biodiversity survey database. Department of Environment and Conservation, Kensington, WA. 1 CD-ROM

Lyons MN, Halse SA, Gibson N, Cale DJ, Lane JAK, Walker CD et al. [Mickle DA] (2007). Monitoring wetlands in a salinizing landscape: case studies from the wheatbelt region of Western Australia. Hydrobiologia 591, pp. 147–164

Lyons MN, Keighery GJ (2007). A new species of Hypoxis (Hypoxidaceae) from saline wetland margins in Western Australia. Nuytsia 16, pp. 317–320

2006

Keighery G, Gibson N, van Leeuwen S, Lyons M, Patrick S (2006). Biological survey and priorities for flora conservation (ABSTRACT). In Conference Book: Australian Systematic Botany Society, 13-15 November, 2006, James Cook University, Cairns p. 30

Lyons M, Keighery G (2006). A new species of Tribonanthes (Haemodoraceae) from saline wetland margins in Western Australia. Nuytsia 16, pp. 77–80

Lyons MN (2006). South-west wetlands: flora and plant communities (ABSTRACT). In Proceedings of the Seminar and AJ Swaby Address from the 23rd Biennial Conference of the Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants: Perth, October 2005. Ed. 2 p. 14

2005

Gibson N, Keighery GJ, Lyons MN, Keighery BJ (2005). Threatened plant communities of Western Australia. 2, the seasonal clay-based wetland communities of the south west. Pacific Conservation Biology 11, pp. 287–301

Keighery G, Gibson N, Patrick S, Lyons M, van Leeuwen S (2005). Biological survey and priorities for flora conservation (ABSTRACT). In Advances in Plant Conservation Biology: Implications for Flora Management and Restoration: Symposium Program and Abstracts 25-27 October 2005 p. 6

Pinder AM, Halse SA, Lyons ML, McRae JM (2005). Aquatic communities of salt lakes in the Western Australian wheatbelt (ABSTRACT). In ISSLR 9th Conference, Perth 2005, September 26-30, 2005: Program and Abstracts pp. 41–42

2004

Gibson N, Keighery GJ, Lyons MN, Webb A (2004). Terrestrial flora and vegetation of the Western Australian wheatbelt. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 67, pp. 139–189

Halse SA, Lyons MN, Pinder AM, Shiel RJ (2004). Biodiversity patterns and their conservation in wetlands of the Western Australian wheatbelt. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 67, pp. 337–364

Lyons MN, Gibson N, Keighery GJ, Lyons SD (2004). Wetland flora and vegetation of the Western Australian wheatbelt. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 67, pp. 39–89

2003

Davis JA, McGuire M, Halse SA, Hamilton D, Horwitz P, McComb AJ et al. [Lyons M] (2003). What happens when you add salt?: predicting impacts of secondary salinisation on shallow aquatic ecosystems using an alternative states model. Australian Journal of Botany 51, pp. 715–724

Keighery G, Gibson N, Lyons M (2003). Conservation and composition of the flora of the Western Australian agricultural zone (ABSTRACT). In State Landcare Conference: Conference Program & Abstracts: 7-10 October 2003, Katanning Leisure Centre, Western Australia p. 31

2002

Davis J, McGuire M, Halse S, Hamilton D, Horwitz P, McComb A et al. [Lyons M] (2002). What happens when you add salt?: predicting impacts of secondary salinisation on shallow aquatic ecosystems using an alternative states model (ABSTRACT). In International Conference on Prospects for Biodiversity & Rivers in Salinising Landscapes: Albany, Western Australia, 20-27 October 2002: Conference Papers p. 122

Lyons MN, Gibson N, Keighery GJ (2002). Wetland plant communities of the Western Australian agricultural zone: claypans, naturally saline wetlands and secondary salinity. In International Conference on Prospects for Biodiversity & Rivers in Salinising Landscapes: Albany, Western Australia, 20-27 October 2002: Conference Papers Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management, Perth. pp. 77–83

2001

Gibson N, Keighery GJ, Lyons MN (2001). Vascular flora of Scott National Park, Camping Reserve 12951 and Gingilup Swamps Nature Reserve, Western Australia. CALMScience 3, pp. 411–432

Gibson N, Lyons MN (2001). Flora and vegetation of the eastern goldfields ranges. Part 4, Highclere Hills. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia 84, pp. 71–81

Gibson N, Lyons MN (2001). Flora and vegetation of the eastern goldfields ranges. Part 5, Hunt Range, Yendilberin and Watt Hills. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia 84, pp. 129–142

Keighery G, Lyons M (2001). Existing and potential natural diversity recovery catchments indicative list. Department of Conservation and Land Management, 3 p.

2000

Gibson N, Burbidge AH, Keighery GJ, Lyons MN (2000). The temperate to arid transition of the Irwin-Carnarvon phytogeographic boundary, Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 61, pp. 155–173

Gibson N, Keighery GJ, Lyons MN (2000). The flora and vegetation of seasonal and perennial wetlands of the southern Carnarvon Basin, Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 61, pp. 175–199

Keighery G, Lyons M, Gibson N, Webb A (2000). Marchagee Nature Reserve preliminary flora list. Department of Conservation and Land Management, 10 p.

Keighery GJ, Gibson N, Lyons MN, Burbidge AH (2000). Flora and vegetation of the southern Carnarvon Basin, Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 61, pp. 77–154

Lyons MN, Keighery GJ, Gibson N, Wardell-Johnson G (2000). The vascular flora of the Warren bioregion, south-west Western Australia: composition, reservation status and endemism. CALMScience 3, pp. 181–250

1999

Lyons MN (1999). Botanical values of wheatbelt salt lakes. In Proceedings of the Salt Lake Ecology Seminar: Wednesday, 7 July, 1999, Perth Zoo Conference Centre Centre for Land Rehabilitation, Perth. pp. 53–57

1998

Gibson N, Lyons MN (1998). Flora and vegetation of the eastern goldfields ranges. 2, Bremer Range. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia 81, pp. 107–117

Gibson N, Lyons MN (1998). Flora and vegetation of the eastern goldfields ranges. 3, Parker Range. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia 81, pp. 119–129

1997

Gibson N, Lyons MN (1997). Floristic survey of Middle and Southern Ironcap, Digger Rocks and Hatter Hill of the eastern goldfields of Western Australia. Department of Conservation and Land Management, 23 p.

Gibson N, Lyons MN (1997). Floristic survey of the Highclere Hills of the eastern goldfields of Western Australia. Department of Conservation and Land Management, 25 p.

Gibson N, Lyons MN (1997). Floristic survey of the Hunt Range, Yendilberin and Watt Hills of the eastern goldfields of Western Australia. Department of Conservation and Land Management, 27 p.

Gibson N, Lyons MN (1997). Floristic survey of the Mt. Manning Range of the eastern goldfields of Western Australia. Department of Conservation and Land Management, 24 p.

Gibson N, Lyons MN, Lepschi BJ (1997). Flora and vegetation. In A Biological Survey of the Helena and Aurora Range, Eastern Goldfields, Western Australia (M.N. Lyons & A. Chapman) Department of Conservation and Land Management, Woodvale, WA. pp. 5–23, 45–55

Gibson N, Lyons MN, Lepschi BJ (1997). Flora and vegetation of the eastern goldfield ranges. Part 1, Helena and Aurora Range. CALMScience 2, pp. 231–246

Lyons MN, Chapman A (eds) (1997). A biological survey of the Helena and Aurora Range, eastern goldfields, Western Australia. Department of Conservation and Land Management, 88 p.

1995

Gibson N, Keighery BJ, Keighery GJ, Burbidge AH, Lyons MN (1995). A floristic survey of the southern Swan Coastal Plain: report to Heritage Council of W.A. and Australian Heritage Commission. Department of Conservation and Land Management, 228 p.

Gibson N, Lyons MN (1995). Floristic survey of the Bremer and Parker ranges of the eastern goldfields of Western Australia. Department of Conservation and Land Management, 62 p.

Keighery G, Gibson N, Lyons M, Muir W (1995). A preliminary checklist for Zuytdorp National Park, September 1995. Department of Conservation and Land Management, 9 p.

Lyons M (1995). Dear diary, wrote letters, report, and fought fire. CALM News Jan/Feb, pp. 6–7

1994

Gibson N, Keighery BJ, Keighery GJ, Burbidge AH, Lyons MN (1994). A floristic survey of the southern Swan Coastal Plain: report to Heritage Council of W.A. and Australian Heritage Commission. Department of Conservation and Land Management, 228 p.

Lyons MN, Gibson N (1994). Bibliography of location-based biological studies in Western Australia. 1, 136 p.

1990

Wills RT, Lyons MN, Bell DT (1990). The European honey bee in Western Australian kwongan: foraging preferences and some implications for management. 16, pp. 167–176