Bruce Webber


  • The University of Western Australia (M084), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Bruce is a Principal Research Scientist with the Ecosystem Change Ecology team at CSIRO in Perth, Western Australia and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia.

Bruce’s work focuses on the impacts of global environmental change on community ecology and the role of plant-ecosystem interactions in shaping community composition.  He leads projects that translate novel research findings into improved management solutions to address the biggest challenges at the nexus of landscape change, species invasions and native species resilience.

A common theme underpinning his current research is how plant fitness is influenced by abiotic, biotic and dispersal drivers, and how this fitness, in turn, impacts on population and community dynamics.  Bruce’s research spans a variety of ecosystems, with a particular focus on the tropical regions of northern Australia and SE Asia. He complements this field-based research with controlled-condition experiments and modelling.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Plant Ecophysiology, PhD, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 8 Mar 2006

Botany, Environmental Science, BSc(Hons I), University of Melbourne

Award Date: 8 Mar 2000

External positions

Program Director, Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute

Oct 2017Dec 2022

Research Scientist, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation

Apr 2009 → …

Industry keywords

  • Environmental

Research expertise keywords

  • community ecology
  • plant-animal interactions
  • invasion science
  • global change biology
  • conservation biology and biodiversity
  • population ecology
  • plant ecophysiology
  • photography


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