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Professor William Stock

Prof. of Environmental Management

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 Professor of Environmental Management within the School of Science.

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


  • PhD, South Africa.


Recent Research Grants

  • Population Ecology and Genetics of Conospermum undulatum,  Department of Parks and Wildlife WA,  Grant,  2016 - 2020,  $69,500.
  • Improving conservation outcomes for the threatened species Conospermum Undulatum and the threatened ecological community SCP20a. ,  Department of Parks and Wildlife WA,  Scholarships to Support Industry Engagement PhD Projects,  2016 - 2020,  $69,500.
  • Chemical composition and toxicity of emissions from burning typical vegetation types of Western Australia under experimental combustion conditions,  Department of Fire and Emergency Services,  Collaborative Postgraduate Research Grant,  2015 - 2018,  $151,000.
  • Nutrient uptake by deep roots: An ionomic approach,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme - 2016 Round 1,  2016 - 2017,  $8,500.
  • Using animal behaviour as a bio-indicator of restoration quality,  Birdlife Australia,  Grant,  2015 - 2017,  $4,399.
  • Using animal behaviour as a bio-indicator of restoration quality,  Equity Trustees Limited,  Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment,  2015 - 2016,  $6,000.
  • Ecohydrological Habitat Characterisation and Modelling to Improve Restoration Prioritisation and Outcomes within Former Pine Plantation Areas of the Gnangara Mound, Western Australia,  Department of Parks and Wildlife WA,  Grant,  2011 - 2016,  $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 - 2015,  $16,877.
  • Fire and establishment of Jarrah seedlings in shelterwood,  Department of Conservation and Land Management,  Grant,  2006 - 2013,  $75,000.
  • 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.
  • Mitigation of impacts on groundwater dependent vegetation through adaptive abstraction regimes,  Water Corporation,  Grant,  2006 - 2012,  $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,  National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility,  National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF),  2011 - 2012,  $7,000.
  • Response of Vegetation to Fire Frequency on Charles Darwin Reserve,  Bush Heritage Australia,  Grant,  2011,  $10,000.
  • STCRC - Sustainable Resources Research Fellow,  CRC Centre for Sustainable Tourism,  Fellowship,  2008 - 2010,  $185,096.
  • Mitigation of impacts on groundwater dependent vegetation through adaptive abstraction regimes,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (APAI),  2006 - 2010,  $436,265.
  • 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, Oxford, UK.
  • 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

  • Prober, S., Potts, B., Bailey, T., Byrne, M., Dillon, S., Haririson, P., Hoffmann, A., Jordan, R., McLean, E., Steane, D., Stock, W., Vaillancourt, R., (2016), Climate adaptation and ecological restoration in Eucalypts. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, 128(1), 40-53, Melbourne, DOI: 10.1071/RS16004.
  • Cargill, J., Van Etten, E., Whitford, K., McCaw, L., Stock, W., (2016), A refined method for estimating capsule crops in individual jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata) crowns. Australian Forestry, 79(3), 208-216, DOI: 10.1080/00049158.2016.1218264.
  • Johnston, TR., Stock, W., Mawson, PR., (2016), Foraging by Carnaby?s Black-Cockatoo in Banksia woodland on the Swan Coastal Plain, Western Australia. Emu: austral ornithology, 116(3), 284-293, DOI: 10.1071/MU15080.
  • Funk, JL., Standish, RJ., Stock, W., Valladares, F., (2016), Plant functional traits of dominant native and invasive species in mediterranean- climate ecosystems. Ecology, 97(1), 75-83, Washington, DC .
  • Prober, SM., Byrne, M., McLean, EH., Steane, DA., Potts, BM., Vaillancourt, RE., Stock, W., (2015), Climate-adjusted provenancing: a strategy for climate-resilient ecological restoration. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 3(2015), Article 65, Lausanne, Switzerland, DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2015.00065.
  • Steane, DA., Potts, BM., McLean, E., Collins, L., Prober, SM., Stock, W., Vaillancourt, RE., Byrne, M., (2015), Genome-wide scans reveal cryptic population structure in a dry-adapted eucalypt. Tree Genetics and Genomes, 11(3), Article: 33, Heidelberg, Germany, DOI: 10.1007/s11295-015-0864-z.
  • Dalgleish, S., Van Etten, E., Stock, W., Knuckey, C., (2015), Fuel dynamics and vegetation recovery after fire in a semiarid Australian shrubland. International Journal of Wildland Fire, 24(5), 613-623, Clayton, Victoria, Australia, DOI: 10.1071/WF14128.
  • Canham, C., Froend, R., Stock, W., (2015), Rapid root elongation by phreatophyte seedlings does not imply tolerance of water table decline. Trees: Structure and Function, 29(3), 815-824, Heidelberg, Germany, DOI: 10.1007/s00468-015-1161-z.
  • Williams, MR., Yates, CJ., Stock, W., Barrett, G., Finn, HC., (2015), Citizen science monitoring reveals a significant, ongoing decline of the Endangered Carnaby's black-cockatoo Calyptorhynchus latirostris. Oryx: journal of fauna and flora international, 50(4), 626-635, Cambridge, UK, DOI: 10.1017/S0030605315000320.
  • Valentine, L., 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(July 2014), 1-9, Netherlands, 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(10), 2500-2513, West Sussex, 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.
  • 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., 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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.
  • Master of Science (Environmental Management),  Energy Efficiency And Carbon Dioxide Emissions Across Different Scales Of Iron Ore Mining Operations In 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).
  • 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
  • Master of Science (Biological Sciences),  Spatial And Temporal Patterns (1973-2012) Of Bushfire In An Arid To Semi-arid Region Of Western Australia
  • 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,  Identifying Plant Functional Traits To Assist Ecological Intervention In A Drying Landscape
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Inorganic Hydrogeochemical Responses To Fires In Wetland Sediments On The Swan Coastal Plain, Western Australia.
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