Peter Spooner

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

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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 and regional landscapes. Major research areas of interest include disturbance and landscape ecology of temperate woodland ecosystems, and plant invasion processes in road corridors.  Other research areas of interest include historical ecology topics in relation to NSW vegetation, connectivity analysis, road ecology, and environmental management of roadside vegetation and Travelling Stock Routes and Reserves (TSRs).

Research Interests

  • Vegetation Ecology and Management
  • Disturbance and landscape ecology of woodland ecosystems - grazing management, historical ecology, and fragmentation effects on plants
  • Plant invasion processes in road corridors
  • Road ecology - environmental managment of roadside vegetation and Travelling Stock Routes (TSRs)
  • Ecological restoration

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External Appointments & Memberships

  • Infra Eco Network of Europe) (member)
  • Ecological Society of Australia (ESA) (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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