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Richard Hobbs

Professor Richard Hobbs

IAS Distinguished Fellow
Plant Biology, School of

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School of Plant Biology
The University of Western Australia (M090)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 4691
+61 8 6488 7461
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Room G33, Botany and Biology Building, Perth campus
BSc Edin., MA(Biol) Calif., PhD Aberd., FAA
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
Key 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.
Over the course of my career, I have written and/or edited more than 20 books, 130 book chapters, 220 refereed journal papers.
For the full list including DOIs, please visit my website:

Most recent publications:

- Lindenmayer, D.B., Bennett, A.F. and Hobbs, R.J. (editors) (2010). Temperate woodland conservation and management. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne. 386pp ISBN: 978-0-6431-0037-4
- Hobbs, R.J. and Suding, K.N. (editors) (2009) New Models for Ecosystem Dynamics and Restoration. Island Press, Washington D.C. 366pp ISBN: 978-1-5972-6185-2
- Lindenmayer, D.B. and Hobbs, R.J. (editors) (2007) Managing and Designing Landscapes for Conservation: moving from Perspectives to Principles. Blackwell, Oxford. 587pp ISBN: 978-1-4051-5914-2
- Cramer, V.A. and Hobbs, R.J. (editors) (2007) Old fields: Dynamics and Restoration of Abandoned Farmland. Island Press, Washington D.C. ISBN: 978-1-5972-6074-9
- Wu, J. and Hobbs, R.J. (editors) (2007). Key Topics in Landscape Ecology. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. 297pp ISBN: 978-0-5218-5094-0
- Walker, L.R., Walker, J. and Hobbs, R.J. (editors) (2007) Linking Restoration and Ecological Succession. Springer, New York. 190pp ISBN: 978-0-387-35302-9

Book Chapters
- Hobbs, R.J. (2012) Environmental Management and Restoration in a Changing Climate. Pp 23-29 in Restoration Ecology: The New Frontier, 2nd Edition, edited by J. van Andel and J. Aronson. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, ISBN: 978-1-4443-3635-1. doi:10.1002/9781118223130.ch3
- Hobbs, R.J. (2012) Cheerfulness and grumpiness in ecological monitoring in Australia. Pp 43-48 in Biodiversity Monitoring in Australia, edited by D.B. Lindenmayer and P. Gibbons. CSIRO Publishing, The Australian National University, ACT. ISBN: 978-0-6431-0357-3.
- Hobbs, R.J. and Richardson, D.M. (2011) Invasion ecology and restoration ecology: Parallel evolution in two fields of endeavour. Pp 61-69 in Fifty Years of Invasion Ecology: The Legacy of Charles Elton, edited by D.M. Richardson. Blackwell, Oxford. ISBN: 978-1-4443-3585-9
- Hobbs, R.J., Zavaleta, E., Cole, D. and White, P.S. (2010) Evolving ecological understandings: The implications of ecosystem dynamics. Pp 34-49 in Beyond Naturalness: Rethinking park and wilderness stewardship in an era of rapid change, edited by D. Cole and L. Yung. Island Press, Washington, D.C. ISBN: 978-1-5972-6509-6
- Higgs, E.S. and Hobbs, R.J. (2010) Wild design: Interventions and ethics in protected areas. Pp 234-251 in Beyond Naturalness: Rethinking park and wilderness stewardship in an era of rapid change, edited by D. Cole and L. Yung. Island Press, Washington, D.C. ISBN: 978-1-5972-6509-6
- Yung, L., Cole, D. and Hobbs, R.J. (2010) A path forward: Conserving protected areas in the context of global environmental change. Pp 252-269 in Beyond Naturalness: Rethinking park and wilderness stewardship in an era of rapid change, edited by D. Cole and L. Yung. Island Press, Washington, D.C. ISBN: 978-1-5972-6509-6
- Lindenmayer, D.B., Bennett, A.F. and Hobbs, R.J. (2010) A decade of research and management insights in Australia’s temperate woodlands. Pp 1-3 in Temperate woodland conservation and management, edited by D.B. Lindenmayer, A.F. Bennett and R.J. Hobbs. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne. ISBN: 978-0-6431-0037-4
- Hobbs, R.J. (2010) Ecology and restoration of fragmented woodlands – a Western Australian perspective. Pp 53-61 in Temperate woodland conservation and management, edited by D.B. Lindenmayer, A.F. Bennett and R.J. Hobbs. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne. ISBN: 978-0-6431-0037-4
- Lindenmayer, D.B., Bennett, A.F. and Hobbs, R.J. (2010) How far have we come? Perspectives on ecology, management and conservation of Australia’s temperate woodlands. Pp363-373 in Temperate woodland conservation and management, edited by D.B. Lindenmayer, A.F. Bennett and R.J. Hobbs. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne. ISBN: 978-0-6431-0037-4

Referred Journal Articles
- Shackelford, N., Hobbs, R.J., Heller, N.E., Hallett, L.M. & Seastedt, T.R. (2013) Finding a middle-ground: The native/non-native debate. Biological Conservation 158:55-62. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2012.08.020
- George, S.J., Harper, R.J., Hobbs, R.J. & Tibbett, M. (2012) A sustainable agricultural landscape for Australia: A review of interlacing carbon sequestration, biodiversity and salinity management in agroforestry systems. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 163:28-36. doi:10.1016/j.agee.2012.06.022
- Perring, M.P., Standish, R.J., Hulvey, K.B., Lach, L., Morald, T.K., Parsons, R., Didham, R.K. & Hobbs, R.J. (2012) The Ridgefield Multiple Ecosystem Services Experiment: Can restoration of former agricultural land achieve multiple outcomes? Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 163:14–27. doi:10.1016/j.agee.2012.02.016
- Maron, M., Hobbs, R.J., Moilanen, A., Matthews, J.W., Christie, K., Gardner, T.A., Keith, D.A., Lindenmayer, D.B. & McAlpine, C.A. (2012) Faustian bargains? Restoration realities in the context of biodiversity offset policies. Biological Conservation 155:141-148. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2012.06.003
- Craig, M.D., Hardy, G.E.S.J., Fontaine, J.B., Garkakalis, M.J., Grigg, A.H., Grant, C.D., Fleming, P.A. & Hobbs, R.J. (2012) Identifying unidirectional and dynamic habitat filters to faunal recolonisation in restored mine‐pits. Journal of Applied Ecology 49(4):919-928. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2664.2012.02152.x
- Lindenmayer, D.B., et. al., Hobbs, R.J., et. al. (2012) Improving biodiversity monitoring. Austral Ecology 37(3):285–294. doi:10.1111/j.1442-9993.2011.02314.x
- Ramalho, C.E. & Hobbs, R.J. (2012) Straw man or scaffolding? Building the foundations of urban ecology: a reply to McDonnell et al. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 27(5):256-257. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2012.01.013
- Sharip, Z., Schooler, S.S., Hipsey, M.R. & Hobbs, R.J. (2012) Eutrophication, agriculture and water level control shift aquatic plant communities from floating-leaved to submerged macrophytes in Lake Chini, Malaysia. Biological Invasions 14(5):1029-1044. doi:10.1007/s10530-011-0137-1
- Ramalho, C.E. & Hobbs, R.J. (2012) Time for a change: dynamic urban ecology. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 27(3):179-188. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2011.10.008
- Hobbs, R.J. (2012) Australia: better solutions to wildfires. Nature 482(7386):471-471. doi:10.1038/482471d
- Standish, R.J., Fontaine, J.B., Harris, R.J., Stock, W.D. & Hobbs, R.J. (2012) Interactive effects of altered rainfall and simulated nitrogen deposition on seedling establishment in a global biodiversity hotspot. Oikos 121(12):2014-2015. doi:10.1111/j.1600-0706.2012.20553.x
- Qiu, S., Bell, R.W., Hobbs, R.J. and McComb, A.J. (2012) Overstorey and juvenile response to thinning and drought in a jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata Donn ex Sm.) forest of southwestern Australia. Plant and Soil (online). doi:10.1007/s11104-012-1368-3
- Martinez, M.L., Feagin, R.A., Yeager, K.M., Day, J., Costanza, R., Harris, J.A., Hobbs, R.J., et al. (2012) Artificial modifications of the coast in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill: quick solutions or long-term liabilities? Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 10(1):44-49. doi:10.1890/100151
- Farrell, C., Hobbs, R.J. & Colmer, T. D. (2012). Microsite and litter cover effects on seed banks vary with seed size and dispersal mechanisms: implications for revegetation of degraded saline land. Plant Ecology 213(7):1145-1155. doi:10.1007/s11258-012-0072-y
- Qiu, S., Bell, R.W., Hobbs, R.J. and McComb, A.J. (2012) Estimating nutrient budgets for prescribed thinning in a regrowth eucalyptus forest in south-west Australia. Forestry 85(1):51-61. doi:10.1093/forestry/cpr054
- Lindenmayer, D.B., Hulvey, K.B., Hobbs, R J., Colyvan, M., Felton, A., Possingham, H., Steffen, W., Wilson, K., Youngentob, K. and Gibbons, P. (2012) Avoiding bio-perversity from carbon sequestration solutions. Conservation Letters 5(1):28–36. doi:10.1111/j.1755-263X.2011.00213.x
- Christie, K., Craig, M.D., Stokes, V.L. and Hobbs, R.J. (2011) Home range size and micro-habitat density requirements of Egernia napoleonis: Implications for restored jarrah forest of South Western Australia. Restoration Ecology 20(6):740-746. doi:10.1111/j.1526-100X.2011.00818.x
- Christie, K., Craig, M.D., Stokes, V.L. & Hobbs, R.J. (2011) Movement patterns by Egernia napoleonis following reintroduction into restored jarrah forest. Wildlife Research, 38(6):475-481. doi:10.1071/WR11063
- Alexander, S., Hobbs, R.J., et al. (2011) Opportunities and Challenges for Ecological Restoration within REDD+. Restoration Ecology (online) doi:10.1111/j.1526-100X.2011.00822.x
- Bridgewater, P., Higgs, E.S., Hobbs, R.J. and Jackson, S.T. (2011) Engaging with novel ecosystems. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 9(8):423-423. doi:10.1890/1540-9295-9.8.423
- Craig, M.D., Benkovic, A.M., Grigg, A.H., Hardy, G.E.S.J., Fleming, P.A. and Hobbs, R.J. (2011) How many mature microhabitats does a slow-recolonising reptile require? Implications for restoration of bauxite minesites in south-western Australia. Australian Journal of Zoology 59(1):9-17. doi:10.1071/ZO10046
- Lindenmayer, D.B., Hobbs, R.J., et al. (2011) Newly discovered landscape traps produce regime shifts in wet forests. Proceedings of the NAS(USA) 108(38):15887-15891. doi:10.1073/pnas.1110245108
- M.L. Martinez, Hobbs, R.J., et al. (2011) Artificial modifications of the coast in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill: quick solutions or long-term liabilities? Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment (e-view) doi:10.1890/100151
- Farrell, C., Szota, C., Hobbs, R.J. and Colmer, T.D. (2011) Microsite and litter cover effects on soil conditions and seedling recruitment in a saline agricultural system. Plant and Soil 348(1-2):397-409. doi:10.1007/s11104-011-0850-7
- Davis, M.A., Hobbs, R.J. et al. (2011) Don't judge species on their origins. Nature 474(9Jun11):153-154. doi:10.1038/474153a
- Harwick, K.A., Hobbs, R.J. et al. (2011) The role of botanic gardens in the science and practice of ecological restoration. Conservation Biology 25(2):265-275. doi:10.1111/j.1523-1739.2010.01632.x
- Hobbs, R.J., Hallett, L.M., Ehrlich, P.R. and Mooney, H.A. (2011) Intervention Ecology: Applying Ecological Science in the Twenty-first Century. BioScience 61(6):442-450. DOI: 10.1525/bio.2011.61.6.6
- Hallett, L.M., Standish, R. and Hobbs, R.J. (2011) Seed mass and summer drought survival in a Mediterranean-climate ecosystem. Plant Ecology (online). DOI: 10.1007/s11258-011-9922-2
- Allison, H. and Hobbs, R.J. (2010) Natural Resource Management at Four Social Scales: Psychological Type Matters. Environmental Management 45(3):590-602. DOI: 10.1007/s00267-010-9442-1
- Craig, M.D., Hobbs, R.J., et al. (2010) Does thinning and burning sites revegetated after bauxite mining improve habitat for terrestrial vertebrates? Restoration Ecology 18(3):300-310. DOI: 10.1111/j.1526-100X.2009.00526.x
- Gardener, M., Atkinson, R. Rueda, D. and Hobbs R.J. (2010) Optimizing restoration of the degraded highlands of Galapagos: a conceptual framework. Galapagos Report, in press.
- Hobbs, R.J., et al. (2010) Guiding concepts for park and wilderness stewardship in an era of global environmental change. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 8(9):483-490. DOI: 10.1890/090089
- Lindenmayer, D., Bennett, A.F. and Hobbs, R. (2010) An overview of the ecology, management and conservation of Australia’s temperate woodlands. Ecological Management and Restoration 11(3):201-209. DOI: 10.1111/j.1442-8903.2010.00550.x
- Lindenmayer, D.B., Likens, G.E., Krebs, C.J. and Hobbs, R.J. (2010) Improved probability of detection of ecological “surprises”. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 107(51):21957-21962. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1015696107
- Maher, K.A, Hobbs, R.J. and Yates, C.J. (2010) Woody shrubs and herbivory influence tree encroachment in the sandplain heathlands of southwestern Australia. Journal of Applied Ecology 47(2)441-450. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2010.01779.x
- Sinclair, E., Krauss, S., Cheetham, B., Hobbs, R. (2010) High genetic diversity in a clonal relict Alexgeorgea nitens (Restionaceae): Implications for ecological restoration. Australian Journal of Botany 58(3):206-213. DOI: 10.1071/BT09193
- Standish, R.J. and Hobbs, R.J. (2010) Restoration of OCBILs in south-western Australia: Response to Hopper. Plant and Soil 330(1-2):15-18. DOI: 10.1007/s11104-009-0182-z
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
I currently lead the Ecosystem Restoration & Intervention Ecology (ERIE) Research Group, within the School of Plant Biology.
Ecological Society of Australia
Australian Academy of Science
British Ecological Society
Royal Society of Western Australia
International Association for Landscape Ecology
Society for Ecological Restoration International
Honours and awards
Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science
ISI Highly Cited Researcher in Ecology and Environment
Member of Faculty of 1000 - Biology
Distinguished Scholarship Award,1999, International Association for Landscape Ecology
Finalist, 2001 Eureka Awards (The Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney Eureka Prize for Biodiversity Research)
2010 Ecological Society of Australia, Gold Medal Recipient
2011 West Australian Scientist of the Year
Current external 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
Useful links - ERIE Research Group - Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions
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