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Biographical entry Hopmans, Peter (1946 - )

Dr (PhD)

18 February 1946
Ecology and Conservation and Forest scientist


Peter Hopmans has 40 years' experience in research on forest soils and nutrition of both conifers and eucalypts. His early work included the development of methodologies for the chemical analysis of ecological materials and management of a laboratory for plant, soil and water analysis. Subsequent work involved design, execution and analysis of field experiments relating to forest soils and nutrition of conifers and eucalypts including studies of environmental effects of recycling of wastewater on tree plantations, and ecological studies to evaluate the impacts of harvesting eucalypt forests on soil fertility and stream water chemistry. His later work contributed to a multidisciplinary research program on forest soils and tree nutrition including cooperative studies with universities and CSIRO in Australia, and with the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) on international forestry projects in China, India, and Indonesia. More recently Dr Hopmans, as director of Timberlands Research, has been a consultant to forest industries providing advice to forest managers on matters relating to soils, tree nutrition, water and the sustainable environmental management of tree plantations.



Education - Bachelor of Applied Science, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Education - Soil Science, The University of Melbourne
Education - PhD, The University of Melbourne

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Journal Articles

  • Bren, J., and Hopmans, P., 'Paired catchment observations on the water yield of mature eucalypt and immature radiata pine plantations in Victoria, Australia.', Journal of Hydrology, 336 (2007), 416-429. Details
  • Flinn, D.W., Bren, L.J. and Hopmans, P., 'Soluble nutrient inputs from rain and outputs in stream water from small forested catchments.', Australian Forestry, 42 (1979), 39-49. Details
  • Hopmans, P. and Bren, L.J., 'Long-term changes in water quality and solute exports in headwater streams of intensively managed radiata pine and natural eucalypt forest catchments in south-eastern Australia.', Forest Ecology and Management, 253 (2007), 244-261. Details
  • Hopmans, P., Bauhus, J., Khanna, P. and Weston,C., 'Carbon and nitrogen in forest soils: Potential indicators for sustainable management of eucalypt forests in south-eastern Australia.', Forest Ecology and Management, 220 (2005), 75-87. Details
  • Hopmans, P., Stewart, H. T. L., Flinn, D.W. and Hillman, T. J., 'Growth, biomass production and nutrient accumulation by seven tree species irrigated with municipal effluent at Wodonga, Australia.', Forest Ecology and Management, 30 (1990), 203-211. Details
  • Hopmans, P., Stewart, H.T.L. and Flinn, D.W., 'Impacts of harvesting on nutrients in a eucalypt ecosystem in south-eastern Australia.', Forest Ecology and Management, 59 (1993), 29-51. Details
  • Smith, H.G., Hopmans P., Sheridan, G.J, Lane, P.N.J., Noske, P.J. and Bren, L.J., 'Impacts of wildfire and salvage harvesting on water quality and nutrient exports from radiata pine and eucalypt forest catchments in south-eastern Australia.', Forest Ecology and Management, 263 (2012), 160-169. Details
  • Stewart, H.T.L., Hopmans, P., Flinn, D.W. and Croatto, G., 'Harvesting effects on phosphorus availability in a mixed eucalypt ecosystem in southeastern Australia.', Forest Ecology and Management, 36 (1990), 149-162. Details


Peter Hopmans and Peter Fagg