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Dr Anna Hopkins

Senior Lecturer

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5718
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.337  

Anna is a Lecturer in conservation biology and environmental science in the School of Science. Anna is also the Post Graduate Coordinator (Science Coursework) in the Science Discipline.


J48 Master of Environmental Science
L86 Master of Environmental Management
S01 Graduate Diploma of Environmental Management
F78 Graduate Certificate of Environmental Management


SCI6104 Environmental Management Project


2013-present: Research Associate, Centre for Climate Change,Forest and Woodland Health, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia
2010-2013: Researcher, Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden
2006-2010: Postdoctoral Fellow, Scion (New Zealand ForestResearch Institute), Rotorua, New Zealand
2006: Associate Lecturer in Plant Pathology, University ofTasmania, Hobart, Australia
2003-2006: Sessional Lecturer, University of Tasmania,Hobart, Australia

Awards and Recognition

National and International

  • 2010: Finalist for the New Zealand Zonta Women in Science Award 2010.
  • 2009: Best New Presenter Award, 2009 New Zealand Plant Protection Society Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.
  • 2006: Best Poster in Biodiversity & Conservation, International Mycological Congress 8, Cairns, Australia.
  • 2003: Awarded second place in student poster competition, 34th Australian Entomological Society and 6th Invertebrate Biodiversity Conference, Hobart, Tasmania.

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2006: Teaching Merit Certificate, University of Tasmania.

National and International Research Positions

  • 2014-present: Deputy coordinator, International Union of Forest Research Organisations (IUFRO) Working Party 7.03.04 Diseases and Insects in Forest Nurseries.
  • 2011-2013: Short-term Scientific Mission Coordinator and Steering Committee Member, European Union COST Action Determining invasiveness and risk of Dothistroma (DIAROD).
  • 2010-2013: Member, European Union Framework Seven project ISEFOR: Increasing sustainability of European forests: Modelling for security against invasive pests and pathogens under climate change.
  • 2010-2012: Member, Future Forests research group: Sustainable strategies under uncertainty and risk (Sweden)

Research Areas and Interests

I am a conservation biologist and fungal ecologist, with experience working with soil microbes, plant-fungal-fauna interactions and fungal plant pathogens in eucalypt and other broadleaved forests and pine plantations in both Australasia and Scandinavia. More recent interests include understanding the link between my corrhizal fungi, fauna conservation and plant ecology, and using next-generation sequencing of microbes to answer broad ecological and management-based questions.

Current research projects include:

  • Overcoming challenges to post-mining land use on Christmas Island: Soil microbial diversity
    Katinka Ruthrof, Anna Hopkins, Sophie De Meyer, Neale Bougher, Graham O’Hara, John Howieson & Giles Hardy.
  • High-throughput sequencing reveals a marked diversity of fungi spread by a common biopedturbator
    Anna Hopkins, Natasha Tay, Gillian Bryant, Treena Burgess, Halina Kobryn, Giles Hardy & Trish Fleming. Supported by the City of Mandurah
  • Scats as mycorrhizal inoculum to improve seedling health
    Natasha Tay, Anna Hopkins, Treena Burgess, Giles Hardy & Trish Fleming.  Supported by the City of Mandurah
  • Translocating keystone species – ectomycorrhizal fungal assemblages in the presence of a native digging mammal
    Shannon Dundas, Anna Hopkins, Katinka Ruthrof, Treena Burgess, Giles Hardy & Trish Fleming.  Murdoch University Small Grant
  • Does it matter who digs? Examining the microscale impact of digging using multiple animal species
    Anna Hopkins, Shannon Dundas, Katinka Ruthrof, Lara Osborne, Treena Burgess, Giles Hardy & Trish Fleming. Murdoch University Small Grant
  • Microbial diversity in ephemeral rock pools in northern Kimberley
    Anna Hopkins, Christina Birnbaum, Treena Burgess, Deepak Kumaresan, Ben Grez, Andy Whiteley, Matthew Barrett & Adam Cross.  Murdoch University Small Grant
  • Impact of drought on soil fungi in the jarrah forest
    Anna Hopkins, Katinka Ruthrof, Treena Burgess, Giles Hardy, Joe Fontaine.  Murdoch University Small Grant
  • The effects of experimental warming on rhizosphere fungal composition in a Mediterranean-type ecosystem
    Christina Birnbaum, Anna Hopkins, Joe Fontaine, Neale Enright.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Tasmania, 2007.
  • Diploma of Modern Languages, The University of Western Australia, 2002.
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons), The University of Western Australia, 2002.


Recent Research Grants

  • Understanding soil microbial community shifts in response to fire and weed invasions in urban banksia woodlands,  Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions WA,  Scholarships to Support Industry Engagement PhD Projects,  2018 - 2021,  $129,500.
  • Harnessing the microbes associated with soil water repellency to enhance plant survival and growth,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Scheme - 2016 Open Round,  2017 - 2019,  $88,626.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Sapsford, S., Paap, T., Hopkins, A., Hardy, G., Burgess, T., (2020), Habitat fragmentation in a Mediterranean-type forest alters resident and propagule mycorrhizal fungal communities. Pedobiologia, 78(January 2020), Article number 150611, Elsevier, DOI:
  • Birnbaum, C., Hopkins, A., Fontaine, J., Enright, N., (2019), Soil fungal responses to experimental warming and drying in a Mediterranean shrubland. Science of the Total Environment, 683(15 September 2019), 524-536, Elsevier, DOI:
  • Ruthrof, K., Hopkins, A., Danks, M., O'Hara, G., Bell, R., Henry, D., Standish, R., Tibbett, M., Howieson, J., Burgess, T., Harper, R., (2019), Rethinking soil water repellency and its management. Plant Ecology, 220(10), 977-984, DOI: 10.1007/s11258-019-00967-4.
  • Tay, N., Hopkins, A., Ruthrof, K., Burgess, T., Hardy, G., Fleming, P., (2018), The tripartite relationship between a bioturbator, mycorrhizal fungi, and a key Mediterranean forest tree. Austral Ecology: a journal of ecology in the Southern Hemisphere, 43(7), 742-751, Australia, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc., DOI: 10.1111/aec.12598.
  • Dundas, S., Hopkins, A., Ruthrof, KX., Tay, N., Burgess, T., Hardy, G., Fleming, P., (2018), Digging mammals contribute to rhizosphere fungal community composition and seedling growth. Biodiversity and Conservation, 27(12), 3071-3086, DOI: 10.1007/s10531-018-1575-1.
  • Hopkins, A., Ruthrof, KX., Fontaine, J., Matusick, G., Dundas, S., Hardy, G., (2018), Forest die-off following global-change-type drought alters rhizosphere fungal communities. Environmental Research Letters, 13(9), article no.095006, DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aadc19.
  • Ruthrof, KX., Fontaine, JB., Hopkins, A., McHenry, M., O'Hara, G., McComb, J., Hardy, G., Howieson, J., (2018), Potassium amendment increases biomass and reduces heavy metal concentrations in Lablab purpureus after phosphate mining. Land Degradation and Development, 29(3), 398-407, DOI: 10.1002/ldr.2866.
  • De Meyer, S., Ruthrof, KX., Edwards, T., Hopkins, A., Hardy, G., O'Hara, G., Howieson, J., (2018), Diversity of endemic rhizobia on Christmas Island: Implications for agriculture following phosphate mining. Systematic and Applied Microbiology, 41(6), 641–649, DOI: 10.1016/j.syapm.2018.07.004.
  • Phelps, C., Bernasconi, R., Danks, M., Gasol, J., Hopkins, A., Jones, J., Kavazos, C., Martin, B., Tarquinio, F., Huggett, M., (2018), Microbiomes of Western Australian marine environments. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia, 101(1), 17-43, Australia, Royal Society of Western Australia Inc..
  • Power, MW., Hopkins, A., Chen, J., Bengtsson, SB., Vasaitis, R., Cleary, MR., (2017), European Fraxinus species introduced into New Zealand retain many of their native endophytic fungi. Baltic Forestry, 23(1), 74-81.
  • Millberg, H., Hopkins, A., Boberg, J., Davydenko, K., Stenlid, J., (2016), Disease development of Dothistroma needle blight in seedlings of Pinus sylvestris and Pinus contorta under Nordic conditions. Forest Pathology, 46(5), 515-521, Blackwell Verlag gmbH, DOI: 10.1111/efp.12242.
  • Klapwijk, MJ., Hopkins, A., Eriksson, L., Pettersson, M., Schroeder, M., Lindelow, A., Ronnberg, J., Keskitalo, EC., Kenis, M., (2016), Reducing the risk of invasive forest pests and pathogens: Combining legislation, targeted management and public awareness. Ambio, 45(2016), S223-S234, Springer Netherlands, DOI: 10.1007/s13280-015-0748-3.
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