Richard Hobbs

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

  • The University of Western Australia (M090), 35 Stirling Highway, Rm G33, Botany Building, Crawley campus

    6009 Perth

    Australia

  • 13302 Citations
  • 53 h-Index
19982022
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Personal profile

Biography

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.

EDUCATION

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

Roles and responsibilities

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

Research

My particular interests are in vegetation dynamics and management, fragmentation, invasive species, ecosystem restoration, conservation biology and landscape ecology. My current research focuses on setting and achieving realistic restoration goals in a rapidly changing world.

Previous positions

Past Editor in Chief, Restoration Ecology (2005-2014)
Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Landscape Ecology (2006-)
Member, Editorial Board, Ecological Management and Restoration (1999-)
Associate Editor, Island Press Restoration Ecology Series
Member, Editorial Board, Cambridge University Press Landscape Ecology Series
Member, Society for Ecological Restoration, Science and Policy Working Group
Member, Editorial Board, Ecological Society of Australia, Hot Topics
Southern Correspondence, British Ecological Society Bulletin

Keywords

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

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Research Output 2003 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

A triage framework for managing novel, hybrid and designed marine ecosystems

Schläppy, M-L. & Hobbs, R. J., 1 Oct 2019, In : Global Change Biology. 25, 10, p. 3215-3223

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Aquatic ecosystems
marine ecosystem
Ecosystems
Restoration
ecosystem
1 Citation (Scopus)

Beyond ecological modelling: ground-truthing connectivity conservation networks through a design charrette in Western Australia

Kilbane, S., Weller, R. & Hobbs, R., 1 Nov 2019, In : Landscape and Urban Planning. 191, 103122.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

ecological modeling
connectivity
land use
urban planning
occupation
1 Citation (Scopus)

Building Ecological Resilience in Highly Modified Landscapes

Beller, E. E., Spotswood, E. N., Robinson, A. H., Anderson, M. G., Higgs, E. S., Hobbs, R. J., Suding, K. N., Zavaleta, E. S., Grenier, J. L. & Grossinger, R. M., Jan 2019, In : Bioscience. 69, 1, p. 80-92 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Climate change indirectly reduces breeding frequency of a mobile species through changes in food availability

Mastrantonis, S., Craig, M., Renton, M., Kirkby, T. & Hobbs, R., Apr 2019, In : Ecosphere. 10, 4, 11 p., e02656.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
food availability
breeding
climate change
Eucalyptus marginata
rain

Offshore Oil and Gas Platforms as Novel Ecosystems: A Global Perspective

van Elden, S., Meeuwig, J. J., Hobbs, R. J. & Hemmi, J. M., 4 Sep 2019, In : Frontiers in Marine Science. 6, 9 p., 548.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access

Datasets

Bioturbation by a reintroduced digging mammal reduces fuel loads in an urban reserve: dataset

Valentine, L. (Creator), Ryan, C. (Creator), Hobbs, R. (Creator), The University of Western Australia, 30 Sep 2019

Dataset

File

Bioturbation by bandicoots facilitates seedling growth by altering soil properties: dataset

Valentine, L. (Creator), Ruthrof, K. X. (Creator), Fisher, R. (Creator), Hardy, G. (Creator), Hobbs, R. (Creator), Fleming, P. (Creator), The University of Western Australia, 2018

Dataset

File

Data from: Long-term data suggest jarrah-forest establishment at restored mine sites is resistant to climate variability

Standish, R. (Creator), Daws, M. (Creator), Gove, A. (Creator), Didham, R. (Creator), Grigg, A. (Creator), Koch, J. (Creator), Hobbs, R. (Creator), Dryad Digital Repository, 13 Jan 2015

Dataset

Projects 1998 2022

Innovative seed technologies for restoration in a biodiversity hotspot

Hobbs, R., Erickson, T., Stevens, J., Madsen, M., Forster, M., Newton, V., Pekin, A. & Savage, A.

Australian Research Council

1/01/1831/12/22

Project: Research

Innovative seed technologies for restoration in a biodiversity hotspot

Hobbs, R., Erickson, T., Stevens, J., Madsen, M., Forster, M., Newton, V., Pekin, A. & Savage, A.

Australian Research Council

1/01/1831/12/22

Project: Research

Innovative seed technologies for restoration in a biodiversity hotspot

Hobbs, R., Erickson, T., Stevens, J., Madsen, M., Forster, M., Newton, V., Pekin, A. & Savage, A.

Australian Research Council

1/01/1831/12/22

Project: Research

Press / Media

Marine novel ecosystems

Marie-Lise Schlappy & Richard Hobbs

24/10/19

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media