Staff

Richard Hobbs

image of Prof Richard HobbsRichard is an ecologist, with experience in Australia, United Kingdom, Europe and United States. Richard 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. His PhD at the University of Aberdeen, focused on post-fire dynamics of heathland communities, supervised by Prof Charles Gimingham.
After completing his PhD, Richard became a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University 1982-84, working with Prof Hal Mooney on serpentine grassland dynamics. Richard joined CSIRO Division of Wildlife & Ecology in Western Australia in 1984 and worked on the dynamics of fragmented ecosystems in the Western Australian wheatbelt and became Officer in Charge of the Western Australian laboratory in 1997.

In 2000, Richard took up a Chair in Environmental Science at Murdoch University and was awarded an ARC Australian Professorial Fellowship in 2006.
Richard joined UWA in 2009 where he leads the ERIE Research Group within the School of Plant Biology. Richard’s specific interests are in vegetation dynamics and management, fragmentation, invasive species, ecosystem restoration, conservation biology and landscape ecology.
His current research focuses on ecosystem management in a rapidly changing world.

Bec Parsons

image of Bec ParsonsBec is foremost a botanist. Before starting at UWA in 2010, Bec worked at CSIRO as a Field Technician in the Plant Industry section. During this time, she worked on yeild potential on protein content of wheat, water use and adaptation. Within the ERIE group, she works on 3 main projects: the Ridgefield Multiple Ecosystem Services Experiment (RiMESE); Long term monitoring of restoration at a Gondwanna Link site (Peniup); and Native bee populations in Perth's urban bushland.
Bec also assists with the student research projects that include: Bat trapping in Dwellingup; Monitoring endangered species recolonization within the Stirling ranges; Invasive species studies at Tutanning nature reserve; and Effects of urbanization remnant plant communities.

Tim Morald

image of Tim MoraldIn 1996 after completion of environmental management degree at Edith Cowan University, I joined Alcoa’s mine & bauxite residue rehabilitation research group. Whilst at Alcoa I conducted routine botanical monitoring and researched a range of restoration related topics including; tree growth in restored sites, protecting planted seedlings from herbivore grazing, direct seeding of bauxite residue sand and how fire affects jarrah forest seed banks. In 2006 I joined the Centre for Land Rehabilitation within Soil Science at UWA as part of a research team investigating the effects of soil fertility on botanical diversity of jarrah forest (ARC linkage project). This included setting up and maintaining glasshouse experiments using jarrah forest plant species. This work was my introduction to mycorrhiza and soil biology. In 2010 I joined the Ecosystem Restoration and Intervention Ecology research group (ERIE) within Plant Biology at UWA. The main focus of my work in this group has been the setting up of a large field experiment at UWA’s Ridgefield farm and baseline soil biological measurements for this experiment. Research interests include; Australian flora, land restoration / revegetation and plant-soil interactions.

Mike Craig

image of Mike CraigMike was born in England and migrated with his family to Australia in 1976. He went to school in Perth and undertook both his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at UWA, graduating with a BSc(Hons) in Botany and Zoology in 1992 and in 2001 a PhD, his thesis titled "The short-term impacts of logging on the jarrah forest avifauna".
Mike worked as a Rainforest Ecology faculty at the Centre for Rainforest Studies in the Wet Tropics of Queensland for 2.5years, before returning to Perth and working as an environmental consultant for 3 years before returning to research at Murdoch University in 2005. Mike is still based at Murdoch University and is an adjunct staff at UWA when his current project moved to become based at UWA.
Mike is primarily interested in understanding human impacts on ecosystems and how we might ameliorate or reverse those impacts. His particular focus is on understanding the role that restoration might play in reducing human impacts on faunal communities and developing techniques to increase and accelerate faunal return to restored sites.

Leonie Valentine

image of Leonie ValentineLeonie has always been a wildlife nerd and was fortunate enough to grow up in the tropics where all sorts of wildlife are abundant and rather obnoxious!
After completing a Bachelor of Science at James Cook University (1999), she worked as a Research Assistant on a range of projects, including lizard reproduction, diversity of lowland frog populations, breeding behaviour of the Golden-headed Cisticola and thermoregulation in freshwater crocodiles. Leonie went onto complete a post-graduate Diploma of Research Methods (2002) and started a Masters project that was later upgraded to a PhD at James Cook University. Leonie's doctoral research examined the impacts of an invasive weed (rubber vine; Cryptostegia grandiflora) and fire management on faunal assemblages in tropical savannas which instilled an interest in the mechanisms driving the ecological responses of fauna to disturbances. After completing her PhD (2007), she dabbled in the genetics of barramundi, before succumbing to the travelling bug!
In 2008 Leonie worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at Edith Cowan University on food resources of the endangered Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo and also became involved with the Gnangara Sustainability Strategy, and worked as a research ecologist for the Department of Environment to examine the responses of biodiversity to a number of threats, including declining rainfall, altered fire regimes and Phytophthora cinnamomi. In February 2010, Leonie started a Post-doctoral Research Fellow with the Centre of Excellence for Climate Change, Woodland and Forest Health working alongside Dr Trish Fleming and Dr Giles Hardy to examine the role of fauna in maintaining ecosystem health.
Leonie's research interests are how biodiversity responds to different types of disturbances, and the underlying mechanisms driving these responses. Additionally, she is also interested in using outcomes of scientific research to manage conservation attributes, and how humans can mitigate disturbance impacts to biodiversity.

Cristina Ramalho

image of Cristina RamalhoCristina is a postdoctoral research fellow with the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub (CAUL), which is funded by the National Environmental Science Programme (NESP). Her research interests range across urban ecology, landscape ecology, and spatial ecology. She has a keen interest in using spatially explicit analytical approaches to gain insight into ecological patterns and processes, as well as to derive ecologically meaningful guidelines for land-use planning and ecosystem management. In the urban settings, particular research interests include: 1) understanding the effects of habitat fragmentation on remnant biodiversity, 2) the urban planning, design and management strategies that can enhance the conservation capacity and environmental quality of urban environments, 3) conservation planning in the SWA global biodiversity hotspot, and 4) citizen science.
Before starting her postdoctoral research fellow position in January 2016, Cristina worked for three years at the Western Australian Department of Parks and Wildlife. The common denominator to the several projects she worked on was the use of spatial analysis and modelling tools to address specific ecological questions. Projects included spatial conservation prioritization, analysis of habitat fragmentation in the Perth Metropolitan Area, use of species distribution models to understand potential impacts of future climate change and to support phylogeographic inferences, development of topo-climatic spatial surfaces using ibutton technology, population viability analysis, to citizen science.
Cristina finished her PhD in 2012, on the topic of the effects of urbanization on remnant Banksia woodland plant communities. Prior to coming to Australia, she worked in a Portuguese environmental consultancy company as a botanist and GIS expert (2004-2007), and at the Technical University of Lisbon as a research fellow in a project using geostatistical modelling to map the atmospheric deposition of heavy metals using lichens and mosses as bio-monitors (2003-2004).

Todd Erickson

image of Todd EricksonTodd is a seed ecologist with experience in all aspects of seed handling, processing, and delivery of seeds required in conservation and restoration programs. His experience began during the South Australia’s component of the Millennium Seedbank Project (in 2003), and continued after moving to Western Australia at the Department of Parks and Wildlife’s Threatened Flora Seed Centre (in 2006), where seeds from rare and conservation priority species were targeted, collected and stored in long-term seedbanking facilities located in Kew Botanic Gardens and their respective Australian seedbank facilities. In 2008, Todd moved to Kings Park Botanic Garden to take up a research role and PhD opportunity at The University of Western Australia investigating seed dormancy and germination patterns in the hot deserts of Western Australia focussed on mine site restoration. This seed journey in the Pilbara continues to this day as Project Manager of the Restoration Seedbank (RSB) Initiative. Todd’s current RSB research role focuses on developing new and exciting seed enhancement technologies that combine dormancy alleviation pre-treatments with polymer seed coating, pelleting, and priming applications.

Adjuncts

image of Mike PerringMike Perring

Mike is an ecosystem ecologist interested in how environmental change affects plant, animal and microbial communities. He uses field experiments informed by ecological theory to investigate unanswered questions that will ultimately prove relevant to improved management of degraded systems. Mike worked with the ERIE Group on the large Ridgefield Farm experiment from 2010 until 2016, when he moved to the University of Ghent, Belgium. Mike continues to work on the Ridgefield Farm project and holds an Adjunct Lecturer position at The University of Western Australia. Further information - Uni of Ghent Profile

image of Rachel StandishRachel Standish

Rachel has a broad interest in ecology and its application to the management and restoration of native ecosystems. Her research is grounded in theory but driven by an interest in developing practical outcomes for restoration in a rapidly changing world. Rachel started working with Professor Richard Hobbs' in 2004 before leaving in 2015 to take up an academic position at Murdoch University. Rachel continues to collaborate on many projects and holds an Adjunct Lecturer position at The University of Western Australia. Further information - Murdoch Uni Profile

image of Melinda MoirMelinda Moir

Melinda held a post-doctoral position within the group funded by the ARC CEED (2012-2015). Her research work broadly encompasses the biogeography, taxonomy and conservation of Australian invertebrates, investigating the co-extinction risk of Australian insects on threatened plants, particularly in light of climate change. Melinda recently took up a position with the Department of Agriculture and continues to collaborate on many projects, holding an Adjunct Lecturer position at The University of Western Australia. Further information - Dept of Agriculture Profile

image of Jodi PriceJodi Price

Jodi held a post-doctoral position within the group funded by the ARC CEED & NERP (2012-2015). A plant ecologist broadly interested in community assembly and species coexistence, Jodi used modern species coexistence theory and new methods to better understand community assembly processes in restoration ecology. Jodi recently took up a lecturer position at Charles Sturt University and whilst continuing to collaborate on many projects, holds an Adjunct Lecturer position at The University of Western Australia. Further information - Charles Sturt Profile

image of Kris HulveyKris Hulvey

As a community ecologist, Kris is keen to improve conservation practice by finding science-based solutions to management challenges that require collaborative action among stakeholders. Kris joined ERIE as a post-doctoral fellow from 2010-2013 and focused on the restoration of Australian woodland/farming systems by developing a long-term study to restore multiple ecosystem functions (carbon sequestration, invasion resistance, nutrient cycling) at a landscape scale. Kris continues to be involved in the project and holds a Honorary Research position at The University of Western Australia. Further information - Google Scholar.

image of Lori LachLori Lach

Lori is a community ecologist with interests in plant-insect interactions, invasive species, ants, conservation biology, and restoration ecology. She uses primarily field-based experimental approaches. Lori moved to Australia to research the effects of invasive ants on native ant-plant interactions with Richard Hobbs in 2005-2013. Currently her research is focusing on native bees and their ability to compete with the introduced honeybee in providing pollination services. Lori continues to maintain research collaboration with ERIE as an Adjunct Researcher at The University of Western Australia. Further information - Google Scholar.

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