Professor Richard Hobbs

Started at UWA: 2009

Internationally recognised ecologist

Professor Richard J Hobbs FAA is a UWA professor, IAS Distinguished Fellow and an internationally renowned ecologist. The Australian Academy of Science Fellow also heads up the Ecosystem Restoration and Intervention Ecology Research Group (ERIE) and was awarded an ARC Australian Laureate Fellowship for his research into ‘Intervention ecology: managing ecosystems in the 21st century’.

Professor Hobbs is a highly-cited author who has written extensively on:

  • vegetation dynamics and management
  • ecosystem fragmentation
  • ecosystem rehabilitation and restoration
  • landscape ecology
  • conservation biology.

Currently, his research focuses on managing and restoring ecosystems in a rapidly changing world – and there’s no place more ideal to do that than Western Australia.

Over his career, he has worked with the CSIRO Division of Wildlife and Ecology in Western Australia and worked on the dynamics of fragmented ecosystems in the Wheatbelt, becoming the Officer in Charge of the Western Australian laboratory in 1997. In 2000 Professor Hobbs took up a Chair in Environmental Science at Murdoch University and was awarded an ARC Australian Professorial Fellowship in 2006.

Western Australia, and the Southwest in particular, is one of five of the most diverse parts of the planet so as an ecologist it's a fascinating place to be. We’re still learning so much about the plants and animals here, still discovering new ones, so it’s a biological frontier.Professor Richard Hobbs




University of Queensland, ex ARC Discovery Projects

  • 'Global extent of degraded farm lands and their conservation potential'
  • Dr Eve McDonald-Madden, Professor David Pannell, Professor Richard Hobbs, Dr Edward Game
ARC Linkage Projects, Hanson Construction Materials Pty Ltd, Bentonite Products WA Pty Ltd., WA Botanic Gardens & Parks Authority (Kings Park)
  • 'Innovative seed technologies for restoration in a biodiversity hotspot'
  • Professor Richard Hobbs, Dr Todd Erickson, Dr Jason Stevens, Associate Professor Matthew Madsen, Dr Michael Forster, Mr Vernon Newton, Mr Anthony Pekin, Mr Alan Savage
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Room G33, Botany and Biology Building, Perth campus