Richard Hobbs

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

  • The University of Western Australia (M090), 35 Stirling Highway, Room G33, Botany and Biology Building, Perth campus

    6009 Perth


  • 11387 Citations
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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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Projects 1998 2022

Research Output 2003 2018

4 Citations

A million and more trees for science

Paquette, A. , Hector, A. , Vanhellemont, M. , Koricheva, J. , Scherer-Lorenzen, M. , Verheyen, K. , Abdala-Roberts, L. , Auge, H. , Barsoum, N. , Bauhus, J. , Baum, C. , Bruelheide, H. , Castagneyrol, B. , Cavender-Bares, J. , Eisenhauer, N. , Ferlian, O. , Ganade, G. , Godbold, D. , Gravel, D. , Hall, J. & 26 others Hobbs, R., Hoelscher, D., Hulvey, K. B., Huxham, M., Jactel, H., Kreft, H., Liang, J., Mereu, S., Messier, C., Montgomery, R., Muys, B., Nock, C., Parker, J., Parker, W., Parra-Tabla, V., Perring, M., Ponette, Q., Potvin, C., Reich, P. B., Rewald, B., Sandén, H., Smith, A., Standish, R., Weih, M., Wollni, M. & Zemp, D. C., 1 May 2018, In : Nature Ecology and Evolution. 2, 5, p. 763-766 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
cooperative research
forest ecosystems
species diversity
forest ecosystem
1 Citations

Bioturbation by bandicoots facilitates seedling growth by altering soil properties

Valentine, L. E., Ruthrof, K. X., Fisher, R., Hardy, G. E. S. J., Hobbs, R. J. & Fleming, P. A., 1 Sep 2018, In : Functional Ecology. 32, 9, p. 2138-2148 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

seedling growth
soil properties
soil property
growth form
functional response

Grappling with the social dimensions of novel ecosystems

Backstrom, A. C., Garrard, G. E., Hobbs, R. J. & Bekessy, S. A., Mar 2018, In : Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 16, 2, p. 109-117

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
ecosystem management
natural analog
environmental change
3 Citations

Keep ecological restoration open and flexible

Higgs, E. S., Harris, J. A., Heger, T., Hobbs, R. J., Murphy, S. D. & Suding, K. N., 1 Apr 2018, Nature Ecology and Evolution 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationLetter


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