John is Associate Dean Learning and Teaching, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, at Murdoch University He has been at Murdoch since the late 1980s teaching and researching at the boundary between environmental science and environmental policy and law. One of the strengths of the Environmental Science group at Murdoch is that is been able to bring together scientists and policy experts to teach new generations of environmental professionals and to undertake key research that has supported the conservation and management of WA’s environments.
Whilst at Murdoch John served for eight years on the Board of the Environmental Protection Authority and, more recently, as the Chair of the Conservation Commission of Western Australia.
Richard is an IAS Distinguished Fellow and Professor in the School of Plant Biology at the University of Western Australia, where he holds an ARC Australian Laureate Fellowship, and leads the Ecosystem Restoration and Intervention Ecology Research Group. Originally from Scotland, he graduated with a BSc in Ecological Science from Edinburgh University in 1976, and then spent a year at the University of California Santa Barbara on a Fulbright Scholarship, graduating with a MA (Biology) in 1977. He then did his PhD at the University of Aberdeen on fire management in heathland vegetation, finishing in 1982, after which he spent 2 years at Stanford University in California as a postdoc on a NERC/NATO scholarship.
He has been in Western Australia since 1984, working with CSIRO until 2000 on the ecology and management of fragmented ecosystems, and thereafter at Murdoch University before joining UWA in 2009, where he held an Australian Laureate Fellowship 2009-2014. His particular interests are in vegetation dynamics and management, invasive species, ecosystem restoration, conservation biology and landscape ecology. He has several long-term ecological studies underway including a 32 year study of California grassland dynamics.
He is the author of over 300 scientific publications, many magazine articles and other publications, and author/editor of 20 books. He serves or has served in executive positions in a number of learned societies and on numerous editorial boards and was Editor in Chief of the journal Restoration Ecology 2005-2014. He was elected to the Australian Academy of Science in 2004, is an ISI Highly Cited Researcher and was awarded the Ecological Society of Australia Gold Medal in 2010 and the Western Australian Scientist of the Year Award in 2011. His current research focuses on "Intervention ecology: managing ecosystems in the 21st century".
Steve Hopper is a conservation biologist, widely travelled, with extensive publications in evolution, phylogenetics, ecology and taxonomy. He has named some 300 plants new to science. He has specialist expertise in botanic gardens, eucalypts, the plant family Haemodoraceae (containing kangaroo paws), orchids, plants of granite outcrops, threatened plants, ethnobotany and pollination of plants by birds and mammals.
Steve currently holds the position of Professor of Biodiversity at UWA and has worked sequentially in the Western Australian Government, at UWA, and been Director of two world class botanic gardens (Kings Park and Kew), while maintaining an active field research program right up to the present day. He has received several awards and honours, culminating in 2012 with a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) and induction into the Western Australian Science Hall of Fame. Currently, he is building a research and teaching program on sustainable living with biodiversity at UWA’s Albany campus, focussing on the evolution, ecology, conservation and indigenous knowledge systems of temperate global biodiversity hotspots, especially those with the world’s oldest, climatically-buffered, infertile landscapes
Hans is Professor of Plant Biology at UWA and is a plant ecophysiologist, with an extensive network of collaborators in Europe, Asia, and North, South and Central America, and more than 350 refereed publications in plant physiology, plant ecology, conservation biology, and rhizosphere biology. He has edited 12 books, including Plant Life on the Sandplains in Southwest Australia, a Global Biodiversity Hotspot. He, is the lead author of a textbook, Plant Physiological Ecology, and Editor in Chief of Plant and Soil since 1992. He has specialist expertise in plant functioning on severely phosphorus-impoverished soils in biodiversity hotspots, especially Proteaceae, Cyperaceae and Fabaceae.
A graduate with undergraduate degrees and PhD from the University of Groningen (the Netherlands), since 1985 he has held Chairs at Utrecht University (the Netherlands) and UWA (since 1998). He has been Inaugural Head of School of Plant Biology at UWA, while maintaining an active research program right up to the present day. He has received several awards and honours, including being listed, since the beginning, on the ISI list of highly-cited authors in the field of animal and plant sciences, comprising less than one half of one percent of all publishing researchers in that field: http://isihighlycited.com/, and an Honorary Professorship from China Agricultural University. Currently, he is leading a research and teaching program on plants and phosphorus, with a strong emphasis on biodiversity, in UWA’s School of Plant Biology, focussing on the physiology, ecology, conservation and possible applications of native global biodiversity hotspots, especially those in the world’s oldest, climatically-buffered, infertile landscapes.
Graeme joined CSIRO, in 1971 where he was Chief of Atmospheric Research, 1992–2002. He contributed over 200 scientific journal papers primarily on aspects of the global carbon budget. He now runs a consultancy company contracting to both private and public sector organizations and is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at Monash University. In the last decade he gave 500 briefings on climate-change science and sustainability to governments, peak industry bodies, public groups, and companies as part of their climate-change risk assessments. He has worked as Australian science advisor to the Hon. Al Gore on three occasions when Mr. Gore visited Australia.
He was elected to Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Science (1988), the Royal Society of Victoria (1997) and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (2005). He was awarded the CSIRO Medal (1988), a United Nation’s Environment Program Global 500 Award (1989), Australian Medal of the Order of Australia (1999) and a Federation Medal (2003).
Graeme is a member of the Board of the Climate Institute (Sydney) and past board member of START International (Washington) and Greenfleet Australia (Melbourne). He is a Science Advisory Panel member of the Australian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (Canberra) and until recently the Singapore National Research Foundation (Singapore) and the German Council of Science and Humanities (Berlin).
Current interests include describing holistic strategies that build resilient energy futures and emissions reductions appropriate for specific nations or communities; transport technologies and limitations and risks associated with bio-fuels; dimensions of human behaviour in the climate-change issue; and the role of science in modern societies.