Research Scientist (Orchid Conservation)
Noushka Reiter manages our Orchid Conservation Program, which has an exciting capacity for large-scale conservation projects. She works closely with community groups in both the Orchid Conservation Program and in the field to achieve tangible positive outcomes for threatened orchids. Noushka has a particular interest in threatened flora ecology, mycorrhizal associations and re-introductions. Her research focusses on the conservation of threatened flora. Together with various government, industry and tertiary institutions, Noushka is involved in a range of conservation projects including the ecology, propagation and re-introduction of over 20 federally threatened orchids.
Reiter, N., Bohman, B., Freestone, M., Brown, G.R., Phillips, R.D. (2019). Pollination by nectar-foraging thynnine wasps in the endangered Caladenia arenaria and Caladenia concolor (Orchidaceae). Australian Journal of Botany, published in advance online.
Reiter, N., Freestone, F., Brown, G. and Peakall, R. (2019). Pollination by sexual deception of fungus gnats (Keroplatidae and Mycetophilidae) in two clades of Pterostylis (Orchidaceae). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 190 (1), 101–116, https://doi.org/10.1093/botlinnean/boz009
Silcock, J.L., Simmons, C.L., Monks, L., Dillon, R., Reiter, N., Jusaitis, M., Vesk, P.A., Byrne, M. and Coates, D.J. (2019). Threatened plant translocation in Australia: a Review. Biological Conservation, 236, 211-222, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2019.05.002
Reiter, N., Bohman, B., Batley, M. and Phillips, R.D. (2019). Pollination of an endangered Caladenia species (Orchidaceae) by nectar-foraging behaviour of a widespread species of colletid bee, Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 189(1), 83–98, https://doi.org/10.1093/botlinnean/boy074
Reiter, N. and Thomson, R. (2018). Involvement in the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria's Orchid conservation program by volunteers from the Australasian Native Orchid Society Victoria Group. Australasian Plant Conservation, 27(1), 19-22.
Reiter, N., O’Brien, N., Gibson, M., Pitts, D., Brown, G.R. and Phillips, R.D. (2018). Caladenia hastata (Nicholls) Rupp (Melbloms Spider-orchid), orchidaceae: Pollinator rarity limits conservation translocation sites in a rare orchid. Australasian Plant Conservation 26(4), 9-12.
Reiter, N., Lawrie, A.C. and Linde, C.C. (2018). Matching symbiotic associations of an endangered orchid to habitat to improve conservation outcomes. Annals of Botany, 122(6), 947-958. https://doi.org/10.1093/aob/mcy094
Reiter, N., Bohman, B., Flematti, G.R. and Phillips, R.D. (2018). Pollination by nectar-foraging thynnine wasps: evidence of a new specialized pollination system for Australian orchids. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 188(3), 327-337. https://doi.org/10.1093/botlinnean/boy058
Reiter, N., Vlcek, K., O’Brien, N., Gibson, M., Pitts, D., Brown, G.R., Bower, C.C. and Phillips, R.D. (2017). Pollinator rarity limits reintroduction sites in an endangered sexually deceptive orchid (Caladenia hastata): implications for plants with specialized pollination systems. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 184(1), 122-136.
Reiter, N., Whitfield, J., Pollard, G., Bedggood, W., Argall, M., Dixon, K., Davis, B. and Swarts, N. (2016). Orchid re-introductions: an evaluation of success and ecological considerations using key comparative studies from Australia. Plant Ecology, 217, 1-15.
Reiter, N. H., Walsh, N. G., & Lawrie, A. C. (2015). Causes of infertility in the endangered Australian endemic plant Borya mirabilis (Boryaceae). Australian Journal of Botany, 63(7), 554-565.
Reiter, N., Lawrie, A. and Walsh, N. (2013). Mycorrhizal associations of Borya mirabilis. Muelleria 31, 81–88.
Reiter, N. and Pollard, G. (2013). The response of Grampians Duck-orchid and Grampians pincushion lily in Victoria to wild fire. Australian Plant Conservation 22(1), 15–17.
Reiter, N., Vlcek, K. and Clements, M. (2013). Pterostylis lingua a new species for Victoria and habitat preferences for Pterostylis xerophila. Muelleria 31, 69–76.
Reiter, N., Thomson, R., Bedggood, W., Jenek, C., Cross, R., Whitfield, J., Lawrie, A., Pollard, G., Argall, M., Johnson, G. and Lester, K. (2013). Victorian orchid conservation. Australian Plant Conservation 21(3), 12–14.
Reiter, N., Weste, G. and Guest, D. (2004). The risk of extinction resulting from disease caused by Phytophthora cinnamomi to endangered, vulnerable or rare plant species endemic to the Grampians, Western Victoria. Australian Journal of Botany 52, 425–433.
Commander L, Auld T, Rossetto M, Ooi M, Reiter N, Swarts N, Monks L, Byrne M. (2018). Chapter 3 – Pre-translocation assessment of biology and ecology. Guidelines for the translocation of threatened plants in Australia. Third Edition. Australian Network for Plant Conservation, Canberra.
Nally S, Greeshaw F, Bickerton D, Reiter N, Van Leeuwen S. (2018). Chapter 5 – Policy, approvals and translocation proposals. Guidelines for the translocation of threatened plants in Australia. Third Edition. Australian Network for Plant Conservation, Canberra.
Zimmer H, Auld T, Coates D, Moore J, Silcock J, Reiter N, Mattes M. (2018). Chapter 8 – Translocation monitoring and evaluation. Guidelines for the translocation of threatened plants in Australia. Third Edition. Australian Network for Plant Conservation, Canberra.
Emery N, Taylor D, Makinson B, Reiter N, North T, Commander L, Van Leeuwen S. (2018). Chapter 9 – Community participation and support. Guidelines for the translocation of threatened plants in Australia. Third Edition. Australian Network for Plant Conservation, Canberra.
Waudby, H.P., Cameron, M., Robertson, G., Caynes, R. and Reiter, N., 2018. Wild orchids: saving three Endangered orchid species in southern New South Wales. Recovering Australian Threatened Species: A Book of Hope, p.159.
Reiter, N. (2008). Borya mirabilis: steps in the recovery of a critically endangered Australian native plant. PhD thesis, RMIT University, Melbourne.
Reiter, N. (2002). The risk of extinction resulting from disease caused by Phytophthora cinnamomi to endangered, vulnerable or rare plant species endemic to the Grampians, western Victoria. Honors thesis, The University of Melbourne.
Weste, G., Hewett, M. and Reiter, N. (2005). Dieback threatens endangered native plants. Will they survive? The Victorian Naturalist 121(4), 148–153.
Newspaper and magazine articles
Reiter, N. (2012). Bizarre orchid behaviours revealed. Australian Geographic, Aug 24.
Reiter, N. (2018). Protecting the holy grail of Victorian orchids. The Sydney Morning Herald, Dec 9