Bruce Webber


  • The University of Western Australia (M578), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Bruce leads the CSIRO Ecosystem Change Ecology Team based in Perth, Western Australia, is the Program Director of Ecosystem Processes and Threat Mitigation at the Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute (WABSI) and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia.

Bruce is a plant ecophysiologist specialising in plant-resource allocation and plant-ecosystem interactions. With interests in invasion science and conservation biology, he applies an ecophysiological approach to address questions relating to (i) the effect of rapid environmental change on invasive plants, (ii) the implications of landscape connectivity and fragmentation on both invasive and threatened plant populations, and (iii) the effect of climate change on yield and nutritional value in tropical crops. The common theme underpinning his current research is how plant fitness is variously influenced by abiotic, biotic and dispersal drivers, and how this fitness, in turn, impacts on population dynamics and species ranges. He runs projects across a range of ecosystems, with a particular focus on the tropical ecosystems of northern Australia and SE Asia, and complements this field-based research with controlled-condition laboratory experiments and mechanistic modelling.

Education/Academic qualification

Plant Ecophysiology, PhD, University of Melbourne

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

External positions

Program Director, Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute

Oct 2017 → …

Senior Research Scientist, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Apr 2009 → …


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

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Projects 2012 2012

Research Output 2011 2018

3 Citations

Incorporating biophysical ecology into high-resolution restoration targets: insect pollinator habitat suitability models

Tomlinson, S., Webber, B. L., Bradshaw, S. D., Dixon, K. W. & Renton, M., 1 Mar 2018, In : Restoration Ecology. 26, 2, p. 338-347 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

pollinating insects

Logging, exotic plant invasions, and native plant reassembly in a lowland tropical rain forest

Döbert, T. F., Webber, B. L., Sugau, J. B., Dickinson, K. J. M. & Didham, R. K., 1 Mar 2018, In : Biotropica. 50, 2, p. 254-265 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

tropical rain forests
8 Citations

Logging increases the functional and phylogenetic dispersion of understorey plant communities in tropical lowland rain forest

Dobert, T. F., Webber, B. L., Sugau, J. B., Dickinson, K. J. M. & Didham, R. K., Sep 2017, In : Journal of Ecology. 105, 5, p. 1235-1245 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Can leaf area index and biomass be estimated from Braun-Blanquet cover scores in tropical forests?

Döbert, T. F., Webber, B., Sugau, J. B., Dickinson, K. J. M. & Didham, R., 2015, In : Journal of Vegetation Science. 26, 6, p. 1043-1053

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

aboveground biomass
leaf area index
tropical forests
tropical forest
plant community