Professor Bruce Clarkson

Bruce Clarkson

Programme Leader: People, Cities & Nature

Qualifications: TTCert BSc MSc DPhil Waikato

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About Bruce

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.

Papers Taught

Research Supervised


  • Rachel Nepia (2020). Impacts of introduced honey bees in montane, lowland, and coastal New Zealand pollination systems: informing apiary management on public conservation lands.
  • Elliot-Hogg, Elizabeth (2020). The capacity of urban restored sites to support native birds: Ecological or social restoration?
  • Wallace, Kiri (2017). 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.


  • West, Moari (2019). Composition, structure and restoration potential of riparian forest remnants, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.
  • McCann, Lynda (2017). Vegetation recovery following volcanic disturbance on Mt Tongariro, New Zealand.
  • Moore, Theresa (2017). 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.

Research Interests

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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Biology; Ecology; Environment

Contact Details

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