Professor Bruce Clarkson

Programme Leader: People, Cities & Nature

Qualifications: TTCert BSc MSc DPhil Waikato

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Professor Bruce Clarkson 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 chair of the Australasian chapter and a board member of the International Society for Ecological Restoration, and is ambassador for the New Zealand's Biological Heritage National Science Challenge.

Research Interests

  • Biodiversity
  • Ecology
  • Ecosystem Restoration
  • Impacted Ecosystems
  • Terrestrial Systems


Biology; Ecology; Environment

Recent Publications

  • Elliot Noe, E., Innes, J., Barnes, A., Joshi, C., & Clarkson, B. D. (2022). Habitat provision is a major driver of native bird communities in restored urban forests. Journal of Animal Ecology. doi:10.1111/1365-2656.13700

  • Wallace, K. J., Clarkson, B. D., & Farnworth, B. (2022). Restoration trajectories and ecological thresholds during planted urban forest successional development. Forests, 13(2), 199. doi:10.3390/f13020199

  • Elliot Noe, E., Clarkson, B. D., & Stolte, O. (2021). The “desire to have it all”: multiple priorities for urban gardens reduces space for native nature. Ecology and Society, 26(2). doi:10.5751/es-12515-260243 Open Access version:

  • Armitage, C., Auld, T., Bradby, K., Campbell, H., Clarkson, B., Cox, A., . . . Wrigley, D. (2021). The Darwin Agreement: A collaboration between Australian restoration organisations in support of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Ecological Management and Restoration, 22(3), 220-222. doi:10.1111/emr.12510

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Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: FG.10
Phone: +64 7 838 4237