Professor Stephen D Hopper
Professor Stephen D Hopper is made Doctor of Science for his contribution to global science in the field of plant conservation biology (Thursday afternoon, 19 July 2012).
He is the Director (CEO and Chief Scientist) of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Steve holds visiting professorships at the University of Reading, the University of Western Australia and at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Perth. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Western Australia in 2010. In 2011 he was made a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE).
Steve is a plant conservation biologist, best known for pioneering research leading to positive conservation outcomes in south-west Australia, and for the collaborative description of over 300 new plant taxa.
He is author/co-author of over 260 scientific publications and 13 books and monographs.
He is currently leading the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew into the implementation of a 10-year Breathing Planet Programme, aiming to make an urgent and necessary change in the application of science-based plant diversity solutions towards sustainable living and a reasonable quality of life, in the face of accelerating climate change and loss of biodiversity.