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Professor William Stock

Associate Dean (Research)

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5758, Mobile: 0428026127, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO19.343
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  6304 5758  
Mobile: 0428026127  
Facsimile: (61 8)  6304 5009  
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.343  


Will is the Associate Dean (Research) within the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science) and Professor of Environmental Management in the School of Natural Sciences.

Current Teaching

  • SCM3201 Conservation Biology
  • SCB3201 Studies in Ecology
  • SCI5139 Advances in Natural Science
  • SCI5117 Biological Conservation


  • 1986-1987: University of KwaZulu Natal
  • 1998-2003: University of Cape Town
  • 2003-present: ECU

Research Areas and Interests

  • Global Change Biology, Plant Ecology, Plant Physiological Ecology, Ecosystem Management

Staff Qualifications

  • PhD, South Africa .


Recent Research Grants

  • Ecohydrological Habitat Characterisation and Modelling to Improve Restoration Prioritisation and Outcomes within Former Pine Plantation Areas of the Gnangara Mound, Western Australia,  Department of Environment and Conservation WA,  Grant,  2012 - 2015,  $146,314.
  • Resistance is useful: Characterising plant resistance to water stress in a drying landscape. ,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2014,  2014,  $16,877.
  • Fire and establishment of Jarrah seedlings in shelterwood,  Department of Conservation and Land Management,  Grant,  2006 - 2010,  $75,000.
  • Mitigation of impacts on groundwater dependent vegetation through adaptive abstraction regimes,  Water Corporation,  Grant,  2006 - 2011,  $635,165.
  • Variation in morphological and physiological traits of a widespread and localised eucalypt species as a reflection of adaptive capacity in a drying climate,  Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency,  National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF),  2011 - 2012,  $7,000.
  • To determine the feasibility of using lichens as biomonitors to identify areas highly impacted by heavy-metal pollution from coal power plant emissions in Collie, WA,  Ecological Society of Australia,  ESA - Student Research Award,  2011 - 2012,  $1,000.
  • Response of Vegetation to Fire Frequency on Charles Darwin Reserve,  Bush Heritage Australia,  Grant,  2011,  $10,000.
  • Mitigation of impacts on groundwater dependent vegetation through adaptive abstraction regimes,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (APAI),  2006 - 2010,  $436,265.
  • STCRC - Sustainable Resources Research Fellow,  CRC Centre for Sustainable Tourism,  Fellowship,  2008 - 2010,  $185,096.
  • A High Resolution Isotope Facility for Low Cost Analysis of Water, Plant and Soil/Sediment Samples to Understand Environmental Change,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Infrastructure),  2010,  $352,000.
  • Black cockatoo use of extensive post-mining revegetated and agriculturally transformed landscapes,  Edith Cowan University,  Grant - Collaborative Research,  2006 - 2009,  $56,194.
  • Impact of Pine Removal on Carnaby Cockatoo Feeding and Future Populations on the Gnangara,  Forest Products Commission WA,  Grant,  2008 - 2009,  $100,000.
  • Seasonal and historical groundwater use by pines,  Water Corporation,  Grant,  2004 - 2006,  $97,424.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)


  • Byrne, M., Prober, S., McLean, L., Steane, D., Stock, W., Potts, B., Vaillancourt, R., (2013), Adaptation to climate in widespread eucalypt species., 96, Gold Coast, QLD.

Book Chapters

  • Ackerly, D., Stock, W., Slingsby, J., (2014), Geography, climate, and biodiversity: the history and future of Mediterranean-type ecosystems. Fynbos: Ecology, evolution, and conservation of a megadiverse region, 361-375, New York.
  • Cramer, M., West, A., Power, S., Skelton, R., Stock, W., (2014), Plant ecophysiological diversity. Fynbos: Ecology, evolution, and conservation of a megadiverse region, 248-272, New York.

Journal Articles

  • Valentine, LE., Fisher, R., Wilson, BA., Sonneman, T., Stock, W., Fleming, PA., Hobbs, RJ., (2014), Time since fire influences food resources for an endangered species, Carnaby's cockatoo, in a fire-prone landscape. Biological Conservation, 175(n/a), 1-9, DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2014.04.006.
  • Steane , DA., Potts, BM., McLean, E., Prober, SM., Stock, W., Villancourt, RE., Byrne, M., (2014), Genome-wide scans detect adaptation to aridity in a widespread forest tree species. Molecular Ecology, 23(n/a), 2500-2513, UK, DOI: 10.1111/mec.12751.
  • McLean, EH., Prober, SM., Stock, W., Steane, DA., Potts, BM., Villancourt, RE., Byrne, M., (2014), Plasticity of functional traits varies clinallly along a rainfall gradient in eucalyptus tricarpa. Plant, Cell and Environment, 37(6), 1440-1451, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1111/pce.12251.
  • Stock, W., Finn, H., Parker, J., Dods, K., (2013), Pine as Fast Food: Foraging Ecology of an Endangered Cockatoo in a Forestry Landscape. PLoS ONE, 8(4), e61145, USA, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0061145.
  • Prober, S., Thiele, K., Rundel, P., Yates, C., Berry, S., Byrne, M., Christidis, L., Gosper, C., Grierson, P., Lemson, K., Lyons, T., Macfarlane, C., O'Connor, M., Scott, J., Standish, R., Stock, W., Van Etten, E., Wardell-Johnson, G., Watson, A., (2012), Facilitating adaptation of biodiversity to climate change: a conceptual framework applied to the world?s largest Mediterranean-climate woodland. Climatic Change: an interdisciplinary, international journal devoted to the description, causes and implications of climatic change, 110(1-2), 227?248, DOI: 10.1007/s10584-011-0092-y.
  • Canham, C., Froend, R., Stock, W., Davies, M., (2012), Dynamics of phreatophyte root growth relative to a seasonally fluctuating water table in a Mediterranean-type environment. Oecologia, 170(4), 909?916, Germany, DOI: 10.1007/s00442-012-2381-1.
  • Standish, R., Fontaine, JB., Harris, R., Stock, W., Hobbs, R., (2012), Interactive effects of altered rainfall and simulated nitrogen deposition on seedling establishment in a global biodiversity hotspot. OIKOS, 121(12), 2014?2025, DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2012.20553.x.
  • Stock, W., Verboom, GA., (2012), Phylogenetic ecology of foliar N and P concentrations and N:P ratios across mediterranean-type ecosystems. Global Ecology and Biogeography: a journal of macroecology, 21(12), 1147?1156, DOI: 10.1111/j.1466-8238.2011.00752.x.
  • Stock, W., Bourke, L., Froend, R., (2012), Dendroecological indicators of historical responses of pines to water and nutrient availability on a superficial aquifer in south-western Australia. Forest Ecology and Management, 264(2012), 108-114, DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2011.09.033.
  • Ochoa Hueso, R., Allen, E., Branquinho, C., Cruz, T., Fenn, M., Manrique, E., Perez-Corona, E., Sheppard, L., Stock, W., (2011), Nitrogen deposition effects on Mediterranean-type ecosystems: An ecological assessment. Environmental Pollution, 159(10), 2265-2279, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2010.12.019.
  • Coetsee, C., Stock, W., Craine, JM., (2011), Do grazers alter nitrogen dynamics on grazing lawns in a South African savannah?. African Journal of Ecology, 49(1), 62-69, DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2028.2010.01236.x.
  • Klironomos, J., Zobel, M., Tibbett, M., Stock, W., Rillig, MC., Parrent, JL., Moora, M., Koch, AM., Facelli, JM., Facelli, E., Dickie, IA., Bever, JD., (2011), Forces that structure plant communities: Quantifying the importance of the mycorrhizal symbiosis. New Phytologist, 189(2), 366-370, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2010.03550.x.
  • Bever, J., Dickie, I., Facelli, E., Facelli, J., Klironomos, J., Moora, M., Rillig, M., Stock, W., Tibbett, M., Zobel, M., (2010), Rooting theories of plant community ecology in microbial interactions. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 25(8), 468-478.
  • Stock, W., Bond, W., Van De Vijver, CA., (2010), Herbivore and nutrient control of lawn and bunch grass distributions in a southern African savanna. Plant Ecology, 206(1), 15-27, Netherlands.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Biological Sciences),  Food Resource Availability For Carnaby's Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus Latirostris On The Swan Coastal Plain..
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Lichens As A Biomonitoring Tool For Detecting Heavy Metal Air Pollution Associated With Industrial Activities In Collie, South-western Australia.
  • Master of Science (Environmental Management),  Distribution Patterns And Habitat Use Of Black Cockatoos (calyptorhynchus Spp.) In Modified Landscapes In The South-west Of Western Australia..
  • The Occurrence And Ecophysiology Of Vesicular-arbuscular Mycorrhizal Plants In The Cape Floristic Region..
  • Ecophysiological Responses Of Themeda Triandra Forsk. And Other Southern African C4 Grass Species To Increases In Atmospheric Co2 Concentrations..
  • Carbon Dynamics In Soils Of The Fynbos Shrub Felicia Aethiopica Under Elevated Co2..
  • Effects Of Defoliation On Regrowth And Carbon Budgets Of Three Semi-arid Karoo Shrubs..
  • The Ecology And Nitrogen Fixing Ability Of Selected Aspalathus Species In Fynbos Ecosystems..
  • Ecosystem Level Impacts Of Annual And Perennial N2-fixing Invasive Alien Plants In The Fynbos Vegetation Of South Africa..
  • An Investigation Of The Duration Of Phosphorus Fertilization Effects On Phosphorus And Nitrogen Cycling Patterns Of Pinus Elliottii Plantations In The Southern Cape..
  • Master of Science (Environmental Management),  Responses To Trasloation Of Two Threatened Macropods, The Mala (lagorchestes Hirsutus) And The Banded Hare-wallaby (lagostrophus Fasciatus), Reintroduced To The Peron Peninsula, W.a..
  • Plant Xylem Anatomy, Dendrochronology And Stable Carbon Isotopes As Tools In Rainfall Reconstruction In Southern Africa..
  • Atmospheric Deposition Of Combined Nitrogen In The Cape Metropolitan Area: A Threat To A Species Rich Ecosystem?.
  • Stable N And C Isotope Analysis Of Nine Acacia Species From Kwa-zulu-natal (south Africa)..
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Fate Of Eucalyptus Marginata Seed From Canopy-store To Emergence In The Northern Jarrah Forests Of Western Australia: Research To Help Improve Regeneration Following Shelterwood Treatment. .
  • Ecosystem Level Impacts Of Enhanced Nitrogen Deposition In The Plantation Forests Of Mpumalanga, South Africa..

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Soil Factors And Competition As Determinants Of Fynbos Plant Species Distributions In The South-western Cape, South Africa..
  • Decomposition Of Grasses In A South African Savanna.
  • Polyphenolic, Tannin And Chemical Compositional Changes In Leaves Of Sub-tropical Grasses And Fynbos Shrubs At Elevated Atmospheric Co2 Concentrations.
  • Attributes That Make Acacia Karroo Dominant: Stable N And C Isotope Analysis Of Nice Acacia Species From Kwazulu-natal (south Africa).
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Response Of Banksia Roots To Change In Water Table Level In A Mediterranean-type Environment..
  • Nutritional Requirements Of Lawn Grasses Versus Bunch Grasses In The Hluhluwe-umfolozi Park..
  • Growth, Water Use Efficiency And Stable Carbon Isotopes In Commercial Clones Of Eucalyptus..
  • The Nitrogen Economy Of Cyclopia Spp. (honeybush Tea) In Agricultural And Wild Conditions..
  • Response Of A Sand-plain Lowland Fynbos Ecosystem To Nutrient Additions..
  • Evaluation Of Physiological And Morphological Basis For Drought Resistance In Maize And Sorghum.
  • The Embryology, Seed Coat And Conservation Of Some Kenyan Species Of The Orchidaceae..
  • Ecology Of The (brady)rhizobium Symbiotic Relationship With Fabaceae In The South-western Cape..
  • The Nitrogen Stable Isotope Ecology Of Hluhluwe-umfolozi Park Grasslands, Natal, South Africa.
  • Determinants Of Forest/fynbos Boundaries In The South Western Cape Province..
  • Phylogenetic And Functional Growth Form Diversification In The Cape Grass Ehrharta Thunb..

Associate Supervisor

  • The Impacts Of Management On Nutrient Cycling In Plantation Forestry In The Southern Cape..
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Inorganic Hydrogeochemical Responses To Fires In Wetland Sediments On The Swan Coastal Plain, Western Australia..
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