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Biographical entry Hopper, Stephen Donald (1951 - )


18 June 1951
Ballina, New South Wales, Australia


Stephen Hopper is a Western Australian botanist, specialising in plant conservation biology. He is best known for pioneering research leading to positive conservation outcomes in south-west Australia - one of the few temperate-zone global biodiversity hotspots - and for the collaborative description of 300 new plant taxa (eucalypts, orchids, and the kangaroo paw family Haemodoraceae). He is author and co-author of over 250 scientific publications, and 14 books and monographs. For 12 years he was in charge of Kings Park and Botanic Garden (later Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority) before becoming Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.



Education - BSc (Hons), University of Western Australia
1977 - 1988
Career position - Australia's first Flora Conservation Research Officer, Western Australia
Education - PhD, University of Western Australia
1988 - 1992
Career position - Senior Principal Research Scientist, Department of Conservation and Land Management, Western Australia
Career event - Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Georgia and Miller Visiting Research Professor at the University of California, Berkeley
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus praetermissa Brooker & Hopper
1992 - 1999
Career position - Director, Kings Park and Botanic Gardens
1995 - 1996
Career position - President, Royal Society of Western Australia
1999 - 2004
Career position - Chief Executive Officer of the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, Western Australia
Award - Centenary Medal for service to the community
2002 - 2005
Career position - President, Australian Systematic Botany Society
2004 - 2006
Career position - Foundation Professor of Plant Conservation Biology, University of Western Australia
2006 - 2012
Career position - Chief Executive Officer, Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, London
Award - Nancy Burbidge Medal, Australian Systematic Botany Society
Award - DSc (honoris causa), University of Western Australia
2011 -
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
2012 -
Career position - Winthrop Professor of Biodiversity, University of Western Australia.
Award - Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for eminent service to as a global science leader in the field of plant conservation biology, particularly in the delivery or world class research programs contributing to the conservation of endangered species and ecosystems
2014 - 2016
Award - ARC Discovery Outstanding Researcher
Award - Honorary Bragg Member, Royal Institution of Australia

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Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Journal Articles

  • Brooker, M.I.H. and Hopper, S.D., 'A taxonomic revision of Eucalyptus wandoo, E. redunca and allied species (Eucalyptus series Levispermae Maiden-Myrtaceae) in Western Australia.', Nuytsia, 8 (1) (1991), 1-189. Details
  • Brooker, M.I.H. and Hopper, S.D., 'New series, subseries, species and subspecies of Eucalyptus (Myrtaceae) from Western Australia and from South Australia.', Nuytsia, 9 (1) (1993), 1-68. Details
  • Byrne, M and Hopper, SD, 'Granite outcrops as ancient islands in old landscapes: evidence from the phylogeography and population genetics of Eucalyptus caesia (Myrtaceae) in Western Australia.', Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 93 (2008), 177-188. Details
  • Clarkson, John, 'Nancy Burbidge Medal [for 2008]', Australian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter, 136 (2008), 13-5. Details
  • Hopper, Stephen, 'Dr M. I. H. (Ian) Brooker AM 2nd June 1934 - 25th June 2016', Australasian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter, 168/9 (2016), 54-62. Details


See also

  • 'List of eucalypts published under this authority using abbreviation search 'Hopper' and family 'Myrtaceae'', Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), Australian National Botanic Gardens, 2012, Details

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