Lesley Hughes


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Lesley Hughes is a Distinguished Professor of Biology and Interim Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science & Engineering. She is an ecologist whose main research interest has been the impacts of climate change on species and ecosystems, and the implications of climate change for conservation. She is a former Lead Author in the IPCC’s 4th and 5th Assessment Report, a former federal Climate Commissioner and now a Councillor and Director with the Climate Council of Australia. She is also a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists.

Education/Academic qualification

Ecology, PhD, Macquarie University


Award Date: 15 May 1991

External positions

• Member, Climate Science and Knowledge Management Experts Panel, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Government of Australia

2020 → …

Member, Earth System Science Panel, European Research Council

2020 → …

Advisor, Royal University of Bhutan

2019 → …

• Member, Taronga Conservation Science Advisory Council , Taronga Zoo

2019 → …

Member, Future Earth Australia Steering Committee , Future Earth Australia


Councillor, Climate Council of Australia

Sep 2013 → …

Director, Governor & Member of Eminent Scientists Advisory Group, WWF-Australia

2013 → …

Member, Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists

2013 → …

Chair, Tasmania Climate Action Council


Climate Commissioner, A.C.T. Climate Commission Secretariat


Director, Biodiversity Node of the NSW Adaptation Hub


Co-convenor, Terrestrial Biodiversity Adaptation Research Network for National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility


Biological Impacts Node Leader and Co-convenor, ARC Network for Earth System Science


Lead Author, 4th & 5th Assessment Report, Working Group II, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)


Chair, NSW Scientific Committee



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  • The costs and benefits of restoring a continent's terrestrial ecosystems

    Mappin, B., Ward, A., Hughes, L., Watson, J. E. M., Cosier, P. & Possingham, H. P., Feb 2022, In: Journal of Applied Ecology. 59, 2, p. 408-419 12 p.

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    2 Citations (Scopus)
  • AusTraits, a curated plant trait database for the Australian flora

    Falster, D., Gallagher, R., Wenk, E. H., Wright, I. J., Indiarto, D., Andrew, S. C., Baxter, C., Lawson, J., Allen, S., Fuchs, A., Monro, A., Kar, F., Adams, M. A., Ahrens, C. W., Alfonzetti, M., Angevin, T., Apgaua, D. M. G., Arndt, S., Atkin, O. K., Atkinson, J. & 198 others, Auld, T., Baker, A., von Balthazar, M., Bean, A., Blackman, C. J., Bloomfield, K., Bowman, D. M. J. S., Bragg, J., Brodribb, T. J., Buckton, G., Burrows, G., Caldwell, E., Camac, J., Carpenter, R., Catford, J. A., Cawthray, G. R., Cernusak, L. A., Chandler, G., Chapman, A. R., Cheal, D., Cheesman, A. W., Chen, S-C., Choat, B., Clinton, B., Clode, P. L., Coleman, H., Cornwell, W. K., Cosgrove, M., Crisp, M., Cross, E., Crous, K. Y., Cunningham, S., Curran, T., Curtis, E., Daws, M. I., DeGabriel, J. L., Denton, M. D., Dong, N., Du, P., Duan, H., Duncan, D. H., Duncan, R. P., Duretto, M., Dwyer, J. M., Edwards, C., Esperon-Rodriguez, M., Evans, J. R., Everingham, S. E., Farrell, C., Firn, J., Fonseca, C. R., French, B. J., Frood, D., Funk, J. L., Geange, S. R., Ghannoum, O., Gleason, S. M., Gosper, C. R., Gray, E., Groom, P. K., Grootemaat, S., Gross, C., Guerin, G., Guja, L., Hahs, A. K., Harrison, M. T., Hayes, P. E., Henery, M., Hochuli, D., Howell, J., Huang, G., Hughes, L., Huisman, J., Ilic, J., Jagdish, A., Jin, D., Jordan, G., Jurado, E., Kanowski, J., Kasel, S., Kellermann, J., Kenny, B., Kohout, M., Kooyman, R. M., Kotowska, M. M., Lai, H. R., Laliberté, E., Lambers, H., Lamont, B. B., Lanfear, R., van Langevelde, F., Laughlin, D. C., Laugier-Kitchener, B. A., Laurance, S., Lehmann, C. E. R., Leigh, A., Leishman, M. R., Lenz, T., Lepschi, B., Lewis, J. D., Lim, F., Liu, U., Lord, J., Lusk, C. H., Macinnis-Ng, C., McPherson, H., Magallón, S., Manea, A., López-Martinez, A., Mayfield, M., McCarthy, J. K., Meers, T., van der Merwe, M., Metcalfe, D. J., Milberg, P., Mokany, K., Moles, A. T., Moore, B. D., Moore, N., Morgan, J. W., Morris, W., Muir, A., Munroe, S., Nicholson, Á., Nicolle, D., Nicotra, A. B., Niinemets, Ü., North, T., O’Reilly-Nugent, A., O’Sullivan, O. S., Oberle, B., Onoda, Y., Ooi, M. K. J., Osborne, C. P., Paczkowska, G., Pekin, B., Guilherme Pereira, C., Pickering, C., Pickup, M., Pollock, L. J., Poot, P., Powell, J. R., Power, S. A., Prentice, I. C., Prior, L., Prober, S. M., Read, J., Reynolds, V., Richards, A. E., Richardson, B., Roderick, M. L., Rosell, J. A., Rossetto, M., Rye, B., Rymer, P. D., Sams, M. A., Sanson, G., Sauquet, H., Schmidt, S., Schönenberger, J., Schulze, E. D., Sendall, K., Sinclair, S., Smith, B., Smith, R., Soper, F., Sparrow, B., Standish, R. J., Staples, T. L., Stephens, R., Szota, C., Taseski, G., Tasker, E., Thomas, F., Tissue, D. T., Tjoelker, M. G., Tng, D. Y. P., de Tombeur, F., Tomlinson, K., Turner, N. C., Veneklaas, E. J., Venn, S., Vesk, P., Vlasveld, C., Vorontsova, M. S., Warren, C. A., Warwick, N., Weerasinghe, L. K., Wells, J., Westoby, M., White, M., Williams, N. S. G., Wills, J., Wilson, P. G., Yates, C., Zanne, A. E., Zemunik, G. & Ziemińska, K., 30 Sep 2021, In: Scientific Data. 8, 1, p. 1-20 20 p., 254.

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    9 Citations (Scopus)
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  • Climate change, human health, and health care systems

    Braithwaite, J., Zurynski, Y., Smith, C. & Hughes, L., 29 Nov 2021, In: MJA Insight+. 2021, 45

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  • Combating ecosystem collapse from the tropics to the Antarctic

    Bergstrom, D. M., Wienecke, B. C., van den Hoff, J., Hughes, L., Lindenmayer, D. B., Ainsworth, T. D., Baker, C. M., Bland, L., Bowman, D. M. J. S., Brooks, S. T., Canadell, J. G., Constable, A. J., Dafforn, K. A., Depledge, M. H., Dickson, C. R., Duke, N. C., Helmstedt, K. J., Holz, A., Johnson, C. R., McGeoch, M. A. & 18 others, Melbourne-Thomas, J., Morgain, R., Nicholson, E., Prober, S. M., Raymond, B., Ritchie, E. G., Robinson, S. A., Ruthrof, K. X., Setterfield, S. A., Sgrò, C. M., Stark, J. S., Travers, T., Trebilco, R., Ward, D. F. L., Wardle, G. M., Williams, K. J., Zylstra, P. J. & Shaw, J. D., May 2021, In: Global Change Biology. 27, 9, p. 1692-1703 12 p.

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    39 Citations (Scopus)
  • Embedding biodiversity research into climate adaptation policy and practice

    Graham, V., Auld, T., Beaumont, L., Bell, L., Dunford, S., Gallagher, R., Hancock, N., Leishman, M. R., Mitchell, P., Staas, L. & Hughes, L., Oct 2021, In: Global Change Biology. 27, 19, p. 4935-4945 11 p.

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