Internationally renowned ecologist Professor Richard Hobbs, who was on the original TERN Board, has been named the Western Australian Scientist of the Year for his outstanding contribution to helping preserve the state’s unique ecosystems.
Richard is based at the School of Plant Biology at the University of Western Australia. He has led a large experiment that revolutionised the way in which ecosystems are managed and restored. This is part of his current research focus, which is to establish restoration goals that can be achieved despite rapid change. His interests are in vegetation dynamics and management, fragmentation, invasive species, ecosystem restoration, conservation biology and landscape ecology. Among his numerous projects is a study of the dynamics of serpentine grasslands in California, which he has been working on for 29 years.
Richard is also an Australian Laureate Fellow.
Published in TERN e-Newsletter February 2012