Rapid, extensive and ongoing global climate change is causing unprecedented shifts in ecosystems. Traditional conservation goals and methods are increasingly insufficient in the face of this rapid pace of change. The principles of restoration ecology and conservation biology are being debated and must be reshaped to respond to this new reality. Deciding when and how to intervene (or not), and why, is an emerging and urgent challenge for conservation.
Richard Hobbs leads the Ecosystem Restoration and Intervention Ecology Research Group. Originally from Scotland, he spent 3 years in California and has been in Western Australia since 1984, working with CSIRO and at Murdoch University before joining UWA in 2009. He is the author of over 300 scientific publications and author/editor of 20 books. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and was 2011 Western Australian Scientist of the Year. His research focuses on effective ecosystem interventions in a changing world."