Staff Profile

Professor of Plant Biosecurity

Philip Hulme

BSc (Hons) (London), PhD (London)

Philip Hulme

Contact Details

Bio-Protection Research Centre

Location B432
Phone +64 3 4230902
Extension 30902

Academic and Professional Background

  • Royal Society Postdoctoral Fellow, CSIC, Spain (1990-92)
  • Senior Demonstrator in Ecology, University of Durham (1992-93)
  • Lecturer in Ecology, University of Durham (1993-2001)
  • Head of Ecosystem Dynamics, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Aberdeen (2001-2007)
  • Professor of Plant Biosecurity, Lincoln University (2007-present)
  • Member of UK Government Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment (2002-07)
  • Editor, Journal of Applied Ecology (2003-present).

    Current Research and Publications / Selected Publications

    Philip Hulme holds the inaugural Chair in Plant Biosecurity at Lincoln University, a unique position jointly supported by Lincoln University and the New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, which aims to bridge the gap between academic research and policy implementation in this strategically important field.  Prof Hulme, a leading invasion biologist, has long argued for better communication between scientists and practitioners (Hulme 2003) and helped identify key disparities between the needs of managers and research priorities (Andreu et al. 2009) while developing tools to better inform invasive species management (Wadsworth et al. 2000), risk assessment (Dawson et al. 2009a) and policy response (Hulme et al. 2008; Hulme et al. 2009).  More recently, as an editor of the Journal of Applied Ecology, he launched Practitioners’ Perspectives a new feature to give voice to stakeholders in mainstream ecology journals (Hulme 2011a).

    His primary research focus is predicting the risks arising from plant invasions and recent work includes examining the traits that underpin the success of invasive species (Dawson et al. 2009; Diez  et al. 2009); clarifying the main routes by which these species are introduced to a region (Hulme 2011b); assessing their rates of spread once introduced (Aikio et al. 2010a, b); gauging the vulnerability of habitats to plant invasion (Affre et al. 2010; Pyšek et al. 2010a), quantifying the impacts of invasive species on these habitats (Meffin et al. 2010; Vilà et al. 2011) and predicting the potential impact of climate change on invasive species distributions (Hulme 2011c).  However, research also includes wider assessments of biological invasions and increasingly the importance of human perspectives such as the role of trade and wealth creation on invasion rates (Hulme 2009; Pyšek et al. 2010b; Essl et al. 2011) as well as the importance of appreciating the non-market costs of alien species impacts (Vilà et al. 2010).  A wide range of approaches are applied to address these issues including modelling, experiments and field surveys with research undertaken across the world from the forests of North America (Lemke et al. 2011) and East Africa (Dawson et al. 2009a,b) to the montane ecosystems of Italy (Marini et al. 2010) and New Zealand (Meffin et al. 2010).  Further details of the research can be found here.

    Prof Hulme is currently the leader of the Biosecurity Theme in the Bio-Protection Research Centre.

    Affre L, Suehs CM, Charpentier S, Vilà M, Brundu G., Lambdon P, Traveset A, Hulme PE (2010) Consistency on the habitat degree of invasion for three invasive plant species across Mediterranean islands.  Biological Invasions 12, 2537–2548. PDF

    Aikio S, Duncan RP & Hulme PE (2010) Herbarium records identify the role of long-distance spread in the spatial distribution of alien plants in New Zealand.  Journal of Biogeography 37, 1740–1751.

    Aikio S, Duncan RP & Hulme PE (2010) Time lags in alien plant invasions: separating the facts from the artefacts.  Oikos 119, 370-378.

    Andreu J, Vilà M & Hulme PE (2009) An assessment of stakeholder perceptions and management of alien plants in Spain.  Environmental Management, 43, 1244-1255. PDF

    Dawson W, Burslem DFRP & Hulme PE (2009a) The suitability of weed risk assessment as a conservation tool to identify invasive plant threats in East African rainforests. Biological Conservation, 142, 1018 – 1024.

    Dawson W, Burslem DFRP & Hulme PE (2009b) Factors explaining alien plant invasion success in a tropical ecosystem differ at each stage of invasion.  Journal of Ecology, 97, 657-665.

    Diez JM, Williams PA, Randall RP, Sullivan JJ, Hulme PE & Duncan RP (2009) Learning from failures: testing broad taxonomic hypotheses about plant naturalization. Ecology Letters 12,1174-1183.

    Essl F, Dullinger S, Rabitsch W, Hulme PE, Hülber K, Jarošík V, Kleinbauer I, Krausmann F, Kühn I, Nentwig W, Vilà M, Genovesi P, Gherardi F, Desprez-Loustau ML, Roques A & Pyšek P (2011) Socioeconomic legacy yields an invasion debt.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 108, 203-207. PDF

    Hulme PE (2003) Biological Invasions: Winning the science battles but losing the conservation war? Oryx, 37, 178-193. PDF

    Hulme PE (2009) Trade, transport and trouble: managing invasive species pathways in an era of globalisation. Journal of Applied Ecology 46, 10-18. PDF

    Hulme, PE (2011a) Practitioner’s perspectives: introducing a different voice in applied ecology. Journal of Applied Ecology, 48, 1–2. PDF

    Hulme PE (2011b) Addressing the threat to biodiversity from botanic gardens.  Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 26, 168-174.

    Hulme PE (2011c) Contrasting impacts of climate driven flowering phenology on changes in alien and native plant species distributions.  New Phytologist, 189, 272–281.

    Hulme PE, Bacher S, Kenis M, Klotz S, Kühn I, Minchin D, Nentwig W, Olenin S, Panov V, Pergl J, Pyšek P,  Roques A, Sol D, Solarz W & Vilà, M (2008) Grasping at the routes of biological invasions: a framework to better integrate pathways into policy. Journal of Applied Ecology, 45, 403-414. PDF

    Hulme PE, Pyšek P, Nentwig W & Vilà M. (2009) Will threat of biological invasions unite the European Union? Science 324, 40-41. PDF

    Marini L, Gaston KJ, Prosser F, Hulme PE (2009) Plant invasion in the Italian Alps: contrasting response of native and alien plant species richness to energy and urbanization.  Global Ecology & Biogeography, 18, 652-661.

    Meffin R, Miller AL, Hulme PE and Duncan RP (2010) Experimental introduction of the alien weed Hieracium lepidulum reveals no significant impact on montane plant communities in New Zealand.  Diversity & Distributions, 16, 804-815.

    Pyšek P, Jarošík V, Hulme PE, Kühn I, Wild J, Arianoutsou M, Bacher S, Chiron F, Didžiulis V, Essl F, Genovesi P, Gherardi F, Hejda M, Kark S, Lambdon PW, Desprez-Loustau A-M, Nentwig W, Pergl J, Poboljšaj K, Rabitsch W, Roques A, Roy DB, Solarz W, Vilà M & Winter M (2010) Disentangling the role of environmental and human pressures on biological invasions .  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107, 12157-12162. PDF

    Pyšek P, Bacher S, Chytrý M, Jarošík V, Wild J, Celesti-Grapow L, Gasso N, Kenis M, Lambdon PW, Nentwig W, Pergl J, Roques A, Sádlo J, Solarz W, Vilà M & Hulme PE (2010)  Contrasting patterns in the invasions of European terrestrial and freshwater habitats by alien plants, insects and vertebrates. Global Ecology & Biogeography, 19, 317–331. PDF

    Vilà M, Basnou C., Pyšek P., Josefsson M., Genovesi, P., Gollasch S., Nentwig W., Olenin S., , Roques A, Roy D, Hulme PE & DAISIE partners (2010) How well do we understand the impacts of alien species on ecosystem services? A pan-European cross-taxa assessment.  Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 8, 135-144. PDF

    Vilà M, Espinar JL, Hejda M, Hulme PE, Jarosik, V, Maron JL, Pergl J, Schaffner U, Sun Y, Pysek P (2011) Ecological impacts of invasive alien plants: a meta-analysis of their effects on species, communities and ecosystems.  Ecology Letters, 14, 702-708. PDF

    Wadsworth, RA, Collingham, YC, Willis, SG, Huntley, B & Hulme, PE (2000)  Simulating the spread and management of alien riparian weeds: are they out of control?   Journal of Applied Ecology, 37 (Suppl. 1), 28-38. PDF



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