Peter Spooner

PhD, Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer in Vegetation and Restoration Ecology

  • 817 Citations
  • 15 h-Index

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Personal profile

Personal profile

Associate Professor Peter Spooner is an ecologist based at Charles Sturt University's Port Macquarie Campus. His research endeavours to make a major contribution to the field of biodiversity conservation in rural landscapes. Major research interests include disturbance and landscape ecology of woodland ecosystems (grazing management, historical ecology, and fragmentation effects on plants - specifically Acacia species), and plant invasion processes in road corridors. On the latter, Peter had developed an expertise in the growing science of road ecology, which explores the relationship between the road system and the natural environment. This includes research on roadside vegetation and Travelling Stock Routes (TSRs), which make a significant contribution to biodiversity conservation targets in many rural areas.

Research Interests

  • Biodiversity conservation in rural landscapes
  • Disturbance and landscape ecology of woodland ecosystems - grazing management, historical ecology, and fragmentation effects on plants
  • Plant invasion processes in road corridors
  • Road ecology - roadside vegetation management and Travelling Stock Routes (TSRs)

Professional Information

External Appointments & Memberships

  • Infra Eco Network of Europe) (member)
  • Ecological Society of Australia (ESA) (member)
  • Murray LLS Travelling Stock Reserve Steering Committee (member)
  • IALE Historic Ecology Working Group (member)
  • NSW Local Government Council Roadsides Reserves Advisory Committee (member)

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (Environmental Science), Charles Sturt University


Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours, Class 1A), Charles Sturt University


Bachelor of Applied Science (Parks, Recreation and Heritage - with Distinction), Charles Sturt University


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Research Output

  • Open Access
  • Historic roads and blaze trees in the Albury region

    Spooner, P., 2019, Albury and District Historical Society. Taylor, M. (ed.). Albury: Albury and District Historical Society Bulletin, Vol. 600. p. 1-3

    Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperConference paper

  • Linear reserve management: Past, present and future directions

    Spooner, P., 21 Aug 2019.

    Research output: Other contribution to conferencePresentation only

    Seed dispersal distances by ants increase in response to anthropogenic disturbances in Australian roadside environments

    Palfi, Z., Spooner, P. G. & Robinson, W., Aug 2019, Integrating transport infrastructures with living landscapes. Seiler, A., Rosell, C., Van Der Ree, R., Wagner, P. J., Grilo, C., Guinard, E., Van Der Grift, E. & Cramer, P. C. (eds.). Frontiers Media, p. 75-83 9 p.

    Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Press / Media

    Mighty meat ants help spread native plants along roadsides

    Zsofia Palfi, Peter Spooner & Wayne Robinson


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Communities help detect historic trees

    Peter Spooner


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media