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


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Personal profile


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

Roles and responsibilities

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


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


  • 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

Open Access
Aquatic ecosystems
marine ecosystem

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
climate change
Eucalyptus marginata

The truth about cats and dogs: Assessment of apex- and mesopredator diets improves with reduced observer uncertainty

Wysong, M. L., Tulloch, A. I. T., Valentine, L. E., Hobbs, R. J., Morris, K. & Ritchie, E. G., 1 Apr 2019, In : Journal of Mammalogy. 100, 2, p. 410-422 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Using Landsat observations (1988–2017) and Google Earth Engine to detect vegetation cover changes in rangelands - A first step towards identifying degraded lands for conservation

Xie, Z., Phinn, S. R., Game, E. T., Pannell, D. J., Hobbs, R. J., Briggs, P. R. & McDonald-Madden, E., 1 Oct 2019, In : Remote Sensing of Environment. 232, 111317.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

land management


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



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


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


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.

Bentonite Products WA Pty Ltd


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.

Hanson Construction Materials Pty Ltd


Project: Research