Professor Bruce Clarkson

Bruce Clarkson

University of Waikato's Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research

Qualifications: TTCert BSc MSc DPhil Waikato

About Bruce

Professor Bruce Clarkson is the University of Waikato's Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research. He is recognised as one of New Zealand's foremost authorities on ecological restoration. He currently leads an MBIE funded research programme People, Cities and Nature: restoring indigenous nature in urban environments. His research has had a direct impact on Hamilton gully restoration initiatives and the Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park project near Hamilton Zoo. In 2005, together with independent consultant Dr Wren Green, he carried out a review of progress on the New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy for the chief executives of the sponsoring government agencies. In 2006 he was awarded the Loder Cup, New Zealand's premier conservation award and in 2016 he received the RSNZ Charles  Fleming Award for environmental achievement. Professor Clarkson is a board member of the Australasian chapter of the International Society for Ecological Restoration, on the Governance Group for the Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities National Science Challenge and is ambassador for the New Zealand's Biological Heritage National Science Challenge.

Research Supervised


  • Rachel Nepia (in progress). Impacts of introduced honey bees in montane, lowland, and coastal New Zealand pollination systems: informing apiary management on public conservation lands.
  • Elliot-Hogg, Elizabeth (in progress). The capacity of urban restored sites to support native birds: Ecological or social restoration?
  • Wallace, Kiri (in progress). Urban restoration ecology: investigating environmental change, ecological function and enrichment planting.
  • Overdyck (nee Grove), Liz (2014). Thresholds for sustainable regeneration in urban restoration plantings in Hamilton City, New Zealand.
  • Brown, Marie (2014). Towards robust exchanges: evaluating ecological compensation in New Zealand.
  • Weeks, Emily (2012). Intensive development of New Zealand's tussock grasslands: rates of change, assessment of vulnerability, and priorities for protection.


  • Moore, Theresa (in progress). Priority assembly effects in an alpine herbfield, Mt Taranaki, New Zealand.
  • Dean, Hamish (2013). Restoration of three indigenous forest types in Tauranga City, New Zealand.
  • Thomson, Rachel (2013). Reproductive biology and ecology of the endemic New Zealand tree Ixerba brexioides (tāwari).
  • Myron, Kirsty (2012). Pittosporum kirkii: autecology of an endemic shrub epiphtye.
  • Bylsma, Rebecca (2012). Structure, composition and dynamics of Metrosideros excelsa (pōhutukawa) forest, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.
  • Efford, Jackson (2012). Effects of recent volcanic eruptions on the treeline vegetation of Mt Taranaki, New Zealand.
  • Bryan, Catherine (2011). Ecology of vascular epiphytes in urban forests with specific reference to Griselinia lucida.
  • Miller, Kieran (2011). Understanding restoration in Hamilton urban forests.
  • Coleman, Emma (2010). Mechanisms of interference between kahikatea and grey willow in the Waikato.
  • McIntosh, Fiona (2010). Vegetation recovery and management of kahikatea (Dacrycarpus dacrydioides) -dominated forest remnants in the Waikato region.
  • Kapa, Mieke (2009). Ethnobotany, germination and growth of Eleocharis sphacelata.
  • Pudney, Kemble (2009). The autecology of Lonicera japonica in a restoration context.

Recent Publications

  • Lowe, D. J., Shane, P. A. R., de Lange, P. J., & Clarkson, B. D. (2017). Rangitoto Island field trip, Auckland (Vol. 147B, Geoscience Society of New Zealand Miscellaneous Publication ed.). M. Brook (Ed.), Auckland, New Zealand: Geoscience Society of New Zealand.

  • Clarkson, B. D., & Kirby, C. L. (2016). Ecological restoration in urban environments in New Zealand. Ecological Management & Restoration, 17(3), 180-190. doi:10.1111/emr.12229

  • Brown, M. A., & Clarkson, B. D. (2016). Raising the bar - the potential of national standards for ecological restoration in New Zealand. In The Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia (SERA) & the New Zealand Ecological Society (NZES) Joint Conference. Conference held at Claudelands Events Centre, Hamilton, New Zealand.

  • Kirby, C. L., & Clarkson, B. D. (2016). Taranaki Biodiversity Priorities Forum discussion report (ERI Report No. 70). Environmental Research Institute, Waikato University, Hamilton, New Zealand.

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Biology; Ecology; Environment

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Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Clarkson, Prof Bruce 4237 clarkson B.1.03 Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research

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