Professor Stephen Hopper - research and areas of interest

 Professor Stephen Hopper was the 14th Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (2006 - 2012). Find out more about his research and areas of interest.

Research interests during his time at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

  • Evolution, systematics and conservation of the southwest Australian biodiversity hotspot.
  • Elucidation of new aspects of vertebrate pollination ecology, flora conservation and conservation genetics applied to the Australian flora.
  • The revision of phytogeographic concepts and regionalisation for the ancient landscapes of south-western Australia and the Greater Cape Region of South Africa.
  • Origins of plant species richness in the world’s Mediterranean climate regions.
  • The development of collaborative international programs on the biogeography and conservation of granite outcrop floras.
  • The development of new theory relating to the evolution and conservation of biodiversity on old and young landscapes.

 Research projects during his time at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Research students during his time at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Name Project Title Institution Supervisors
Alea Faber Ecology and phylogenetics of rare granite outcrop Paracaleana (Duck Orchids) Kings Park and Botanic Garden / School of Plant Biology, University of Western Australia Prof. Stephen Hopper, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; Dr. Pieter Poot, University of Western Australia


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