Researcher Profile

Professor Richard Hobbs

Richard Hobbs
Richard Hobbs

Phone: +61 8 6488 4691

Research Expertise:
  • Restoration ecology
  • Old field restoration
  • Plant ecology and ecophysiology
  • Landscape ecology and restoration
  • Nature conservation and ecological restoration in social-ecological systems


BSc Edin., MA(Biol) Calif., PhD Aberd., FAA


Ecological Society of Australia
Australian Academy of Science
British Ecological Society
Royal Society of Western Australia
International Association for Landscape Ecology
Society for Ecological Restoration International

Roles, responsibilities and expertise

I currently lead the Ecosystem Restoration & Intervention Ecology (ERIE) Research Group, within the School of Plant Biology.


I am an ecologist, with experience in Australia, United Kingdom, Europe and United States. I grew up in Scotland and completed a BSc in Ecological Science at Edinburgh followed by an MA in Biology at the University of California Santa Barbara, on a Fulbright Scholarship. I completed my PhD at the University of Aberdeen, working on post-fire dynamics of heathland communities, supervised by Prof Charles Gimingham. After completing my PhD, I was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University 1982-84, working with Prof Hal Mooney on serpentine grassland dynamics. I joined CSIRO Division of Wildlife & Ecology in Western Australia in 1984 and worked on the dynamics of fragmented ecosystems in the Western Australian wheatbelt. I became Officer in Charge of the Western Australian laboratory in 1997. In 2000 I took up a Chair in Environmental Science at Murdoch University and was awarded an ARC Australian Professorial Fellowship in 2006. I joined UWA in 2009.


1976 : B.Sc. 1st Class Honours(Ecological Science) University of Edinburgh
1977 : M.A. (Biology) University of California, Santa Barbara
1982 : Ph.D.University of Aberdeen, Department of Botany

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Most frequent journals
  • Restoration Ecology

    ISSNs: 1061-2971, 1526-100X

    Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 2.16 SJR 0.975 SNIP 0.991

    Journal: ERA2018


    ISSNs: 0169-5347, 1872-8383


    Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 10.65 SJR 8.96 SNIP 4.843

    Journal: ERA2018

  • Frontiers in ecology and the environment

    ISSNs: 1540-9295, 1540-9309

    Ecological Society of America

    Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 3.85 SJR 4.779 SNIP 3.631

    Journal: ERA2018

  • Biological Conservation

    ISSNs: 0006-3207, 1873-2917


    Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 4.22 SJR 2.322 SNIP 1.684

    Journal: ERA2018

  • Plant and Soil

    ISSNs: 0032-079X, 1573-5036

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1573-5036


    Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 3.41 SJR 1.267 SNIP 1.442

    Journal: ERA2018

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