Australian Institute of Alpine Studies

Jamie Kirkpatrick

Jamie Kirkpatrick


University of Tasmania



contact details

School of Geography & Environmental Studies, University of Tasmania, Private Bag 78, GPO, Hobart TAS 7001, Australia, Tel: (03) 6226 2460, Fax: (03) 6226 2989

research interests


Refereed journal articles and book chapters

Kirkpatrick, J.B., 1980. Tasmanian high mountain vegetation - A reconnaissance survey of the Eastern Arthur Range and Mount Picton. Pap. Proc. Roy. Soc. Tas. 114, 1-20.

Kirkpatrick, J.B. & Harwood, C.E., 1980. The vegetation of an infrequently burned Tasmanian mountain region. Proc. Roy. Soc. Vic. 91, 79-107.

Kirkpatrick, J.B., 1982. Phytogeographical analysis of Tasmanian alpine floras. J. Biogeogr. 9, 255-271.

Brown, M.J., Kirkpatrick, J.B. & Moscal, A., 1983. The conservation of Tasmanian endemic species found in alpine vegetation. Proc. Ecol. Soc. Aust. 12, 168-169.

Kirkpatrick, J.B., 1983. Treeless plant communities of the Tasmanian high country. Proc. Ecol. Soc. Aust. 12, 61-77.

Kirkpatrick, J.B. & Brown, M.J., 1984. Numerical analysis of Tasmanian higher plant endemism. Bot. J. Linn. Soc. Lond. 79, 165-183.

Kirkpatrick, J.B. & Brown, M.J., 1984. The palaeogeographic significance of local endemism in Tasmanian higher plants. Search 15, 112-113.

Kirkpatrick, J.B., 1984. Tasmanian high mountain vegetation. Il. Rocky Hill and Pyramid Mountain. Pap. Proc. Roy. Soc. Tas. 118, 5-20.

Kirkpatrick, J.B. and Dickinson, K.J.M., 1984. The impact of fire on Tasmanian alpine vegetation and soils. Aust. J. Bot. 32, 613-629.

Kirkpatrick, J.B., 1984. Altitudinal and successional variation in the vegetation of the West Coast Range, Tasmania. Aust. J. Ecol. 9, 81-91.

Kirkpatrick, J.B. & Gibson, N.L., 1984. Dynamics of a Tasmanian bolster heath string fen. Vegetatio 47, 71-78.

Gibson, N.L. & Kirkpatrick, J.B., 1985. Vegetation associated with localised snow accumulation at Mount Field West, Tasmania. Aust. J. Ecol. 10, 91-99.

Kirkpatrick, J.B., Minchin, P. & Davies, J., 1985. Floristic composition and macroenvironmental relationships of Tasmanian vegetation containing bolster plants. Vegetatio, 63, 89-96.

Gibson, N. & Kirkpatrick, J.B., 1985. A comparison of the cushion plant cornmunities of New Zealand and Tasmania. N.Z. J. Bot. 23, 549-66.

Calais, S.S. & Kirkpatrick, J.B., 1986. The impact of trampling on the natural ecosystems of the Cradle Mt. - Lake St. Clair National Park. Aust. Geogr. 17, 6-15.

Kirkpatrick, J.B., 1986. Conservation of plant species, alliances and associations of the treeless high country of Tasmania. Biol. Con., 37, 43-57.

Kirkpatrick, J.B. & Brown, M.J., 1987. The nature of the transition from sedgeland to alpine vegetation in South West Tasmania: I Altitudinal vegetation change on four mountains. J. Biogeogr., 14, 539-50.

Kirkpatrick , J.B. & Whinam , J.P., 1988 . Tasmanian high mountain vegetation III. Lake Ewart, Dome Hill and Eldon Bluff, Pap. Proc. Roy. Soc. Tas., 122, 145-164.

Gibson, N. & Kirkpatrick, J.B. 1989. Effects of the cessation of grazing on the grasslands and grassy woodlands of the Central Plateau, Tasmania. Aust. J. Bot., 37, 55-63.

Kirkpatrick, J.B. 1989. The cornparitive ecology of mainland Australian and Tasmanian alpine vegetation, In R. Good (ed.) The Scientific Significance of the Australian Alps, Australian Academy of Science, Canberra, 127-142.

Kirkpatrick, J.B. & Balmer, J., 1991. The vegetation and flora of the Cradle Mountain-Pencil Pine area, Tasmania. Aspects of Tasmanian Botany Royal Society of Tasmania, 119-148.

Fensham, R.J. & Kirkpatrick, J.B., 1992. The eucalypt forest-grassland/grassy woodland boundary in central Tasmania. Aust. J. Bot., 40, 123-138.

Gibson, N. & Kirkpatrick, J.B., 1992. Dynamics of a Tasmanian cushion heath community. J. Veg. Sci., 3, 647-654.

Kirkpatrick, J.B., Hutchinson, M.N. & MacQuillan, P.B., 1993. Alpine ecosystems, In S. Smith & M.R. Banks (ed). Tasmanian Wilderness -World Heritage Values, Royal Society of Tasmania, Hobart, 73-79.

Whinam, J., Cannell, E.J., Kirkpatrick, J.B. & Comfort, M., 1994. Studies on the potential impact of recreational horseriding on some alpine environments of the Central Plateau, Tasmania. J. Env. Mngmt., 40, 103-117.

Scott, J.J. & Kirkpatrick, J.B., 1994. Effects of human trampling on the sub-Antarctic vegetation of Macquarie Island. Polar Record, 30, 207-220.

Pharo, E. & Kirkpatrick, J.B., 1994. Vegetation of the alpine sand dunes at Lake Augusta, Tasmania. Aust. J. Ecol., 19, 319-327.

Whinam, J. & Kirkpatrick, J.B., 1994. The Mt. Wellington string bogs, Tasmania. Pap. Proc. R. Soc. Tasm., 128, 63-68.

Lynch, A.J.J. & Kirkpatrick, J.B., 1995. Pattern and process in alpine vegetation and landforms at Hill One, Southern Range, Tasmania. Aust. J. Bot. 43, 537-554.

Whinam, J. & Kirkpatrick, J.B., 1995. Successional sequences in two Tasmanian valley Sphagnum peatlands. J. Veg. Sci. 6, 675-682.

Nunez, M., Kirkpatrick, J.B. & Nilsson, C., 1996. Rainfall estimation in south west Tasmania using satellite images and phytosociological calibration. International Journal of Remote Sensing 17, 1583-1600.

Kirkpatrick, J.B., Nunez, M., Bridle, K. & Chladil, M., 1996. Explaining a sharp transition from sedgeland to alpine vegetation on Mount Sprent, south-west Tasmania. J. Veg. Sci. 7, 763-768.

Bridle, K. & Kirkpatrick, J.B., 1997. Local environmental correlates of variability in the organic soils of moorland and alpine vegetation, Mt Sprent, Tasmania. Aust. J. Ecol., 22, 196-205.

Bridle, K.L. & Kirkpatrick, J.B., 1998. Why do tall herbs rarely dominate Tasmanian alpine vegetation? Evidence from islands in the Ouse River system. Pap. Proc. R. Soc. Tasm. 132, 9-14.

Kirkpatrick, J.B. & Fowler, M., 1998. Locating likely glacial refugia in Tasmania using palynological and ecological information to test alternative climatic models. Biological Conservation, 85, 171-182.

Kirkpatrick, J.B. & Bridle, K.L., 1998. Environmental relationships of floristic variation in the alpine vegetation of south-east Australia. Journal of Vegetation Science 9, 251-260.

Kirkpatrick, J.B. & Bridle, K., 1999. Environment and floristics of ten Australian alpine vegetation formations. Aust. J. Bot. 47, 1-21.

Bridle, K.L. & Kirkpatrick, J.B., 1999. The comparative effects of stock and wild vertebrate grazing on treeless subalpine vegetation, eastern Central Plateau, Tasmania. Aust. J. Bot. 47, 817-834.

Bridle, K.L., Kirkpatrick, J.B., Cullen, P. and Shepherd, R.R., 2001. Recovery in alpine heath and grassland following burning and grazing, eastern Central Plateau, Tasmania. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research, 33, 348-356.

Bridle, K.L. and Kirkpatrick, J.B., 2001. Impacts of grazing by vertebrate herbivores on the flower stem production of tall alpine herbs, Eastern Central Plateau, Tasmania. Australian Journal of Botany 49, 459-470.

Kirkpatrick, J.B., 2001. Ecotourism, local and indigenous people, and the conservation of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. J. Roy. Soc. N. Z. 31, 819-829.

Kirkpatrick, J.B., 2002. Factors influencing the spatial restriction of vascular plant species in the alpine archipelagoes of Australia. In C. Körner & E.M. Spehn (eds.): Mountain Biodiversity: a global assessment. Parthenon Publishing, London, pp. 155-164.

Kirkpatrick, J.B., Bridle, K. and Wild, A., 2002. Succession after fire in alpine vegetation on Mount Wellington, Tasmania. Australian Journal of Botany 50, 145–154.

Kirkpatrick, J.B. and Scott, J.J., 2002. Change in undisturbed vegetation on the coastal slopes of Subantarctic Macquarie Island 1980-1995. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research, 34, 300-307.

Mendel, L.C. and Kirkpatrick, J.B., 2002. Historical progress of biodiversity conservation in the protected-area system of Tasmania, Australia. Conservation Biology, 16, 1-11.

Kirkpatrick, J.B., Bridle, K. and Lynch, A.J.J., 2002. Changes in vegetation and landforms at Hill One, Tasmania. Australian Journal of Botany 50, 753-759.

McMullan-Fisher, S.J.M., May, T.W. and Kirkpatrick, J.B., 2003. Some macrofungi from alpine Tasmania. Australasian Mycologist 22, 44-52.

Bridle, K.L. and Kirkpatrick, J.B., 2003. The impacts of nutrient addition and digging for waste disposal on natural environments, Tasmania, Australia. Journal of Environmental Management 69, 299-306.

Bridle, K.L. and Kirkpatrick, J.B. 2005. An analysis of the breakdown of paper products (toilet paper, tissues and tampons) in natural environments, Tasmania, Australia. Journal of Environmental Management 74, 21-30.

Scott, J.J. and Kirkpatrick, J.B., 2005. Changes in subantarctic Heard Island vegetation at sites occupied by Poa annua, 1987-2000. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research 37, 366-371.

Scott, J.J. and Kirkpatrick, J.B., 2008. Rabbits, landslips and vegetation change on the coastal slopes of subantarctic Macquarie Island, 1980-2007 – implications for management. Polar Biology 31, 409-419.

Kirkpatrick, J.B., 2009. The importance of integrating science and management: lessons from terrestrial vegetation change on Macquarie and Heard islands. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania 143, 25-32.

McMullan-Fisher, S.J.M., Kirkpatrick, J.B., May, T.W. and Pharo, E.J., 2010. Surrogates for macrofungi and mosses in reservation planning. Conservation Biology 24, 730-736.

Morgan, S., Kirkpatrick, J.B. and di Folco, M-B, 2010. Wind-controlled linear patterning and cyclic succession in Tasmanian Sphagnum mires. Journal of Ecology 98, 583-591.

Kirkpatrick, J.B., Bridle, K.L. and Dickinson, K.J.M., 2010. Decades-scale vegetation change in burned and unburned alpine coniferous heath. Australian Journal of Botany 58, 453-462.

Roberts, C, Kirkpatrick, J.B. and McQuillan, P.B., in press. Tasmanian lentic wetland lawns are maintained by grazing rather than inundation. Austral Ecology

Scott, J.J. and Kirkpatrick, J.B. (2013) Changes in the cover of plant species associated with climate change and grazing pressure on the Macquarie Island coastal slopes, 1980-2009. Polar Biology 36, 127-136.

Kirkpatrick, J.B. and Bridle, K.L. (2013) Natural and cultural histories of fire differ between Tasmanian and mainland alpine vegetation. Australian Journal of Botany 65, 465-474.

Whinam, J., Abdul-Rahman, J.A., Visiou, M., di Folco, M.-B.F. and Kirkpatrick, J.B. (2014) Spatial and temporal variation in damage and dieback in a threatened subantarctic cushion species. Australian Journal of Botany 66, 10-21.

Jordan, G.J., Harrison, P.A., Worth, J.R.P., Williamson, G.J. and Kirkpatrick, J.B. (2016) Palaeoendemic plants provide evidence for persistence of open, well-watered vegetation since the Cretaceous. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 25, 127-140.

Kirkpatrick, J.B. (2016) Pattern and process in riparian vegetation of the treeless high country of Australia. In ‘Vegetation of Australian riverine landscapes.’ Ed. by S. Capon, C. James, M. Reid. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, pp. 201-220.

Kirkpatrick, J.B. and Bridle, K.L. (2016) Grazing and the absence of fire promote the dominance of an unpalatable shrub in a patch mosaic cyclic successional system. Australian Journal of Botany

McPhail, D.C. and Kirkpatrick, J.B. (2016) Patch mosaic cyclic succession associated with the growth and senescence of an alpine shrub. Australian Journal of Botany, in press. Accepted 18/12/2015.

Kirkpatrick, J.B., Marsden-Smedley, J.B., di Folco, M-B. and Leonard, S.W.J. (2016) Influence of grazing and vegetation type on post-fire floristic and lifeform composition in Tasmania. Plant Ecology

Tengia, B., Taylor, M. and Kirkpatrick, J.B. (2016) Conservation tool or threatening process? Management implications of interactions of cattle with vegetation and land at the Vale of Belvoir reserve. Ecological Management and Restoration 17, 1-5.


Brown, M.J., Kirkpatrick, J.B. & Moscal, A., 1983. An Atlas of Tasmania's Endemic Flora. Tasmanian Conservation Trust, Hobart, 104 pp.

Whinam, J., Eberhard, S., Kirkpatrick, J.B. & Moscal, A., 1989. Ecology and Conservation of Tasmanian Sphagnum Peatlands. Tasmanian Conservation Trust, Hobart, 107pp.

Kirkpatrick, J.B., Gilfedder, L., Hickie, J. & Harris, S. 1991 Reservation and Conservation Status of Tasmanian Native Higher Plants. Dept. Parks, Wildlife and Heritage, Wildl. Div. Sci. Rep. 91/2, 71pp.

Kirkpatrick, J.B., Barker, P., Brown, M.J., Harris, S. & Mackie, R., 1995. The reservation status of Tasmanian vascular plant communities. Parks and Wildlife Service, Tasmania, Wildlife Scientific Report 95/4, 220 pp.

Dombrovskis, P., Flanagan, R. & Kirkpatrick, J.B., 1996. On the Mountain. Westwind Press, Hobart, 144 pp.

Kirkpatrick, J.B., 1997. Alpine Tasmania: An Illustrated Guide to the Flora and Vegetation. Oxford University Press, Melbourne, xii + 196 pp.

Dombrovskis, P., Brown, B. & Kirkpatrick, J.B., 1998. Dombrovskis. West Wind Press, Hobart.

Balmer, J., Whinam, J., Kelman, J., Kirkpatrick, J.B. and Lazarus, E., 2004. A Review of the Floristic Values of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Nature Conservation Report 2004/3, Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment, Hobart. 129 pp.

Dombrovskis, P., Newton, G. and Kirkpatrick, J.B., 2006. Simply Peter Dombrovskis. West Wind Press, Hobart, 95 pp.

Kirkpatrick, J.B. & Dickinson, K.J.M., 1984. Vegetation Map of Tasmania, 1:500,000. Forestry Commission, Tasmania.

Kirkpatrick, J.B. & Mackie, R., 1991. Cradle Mountain Pencil Pine 1:25,000. Vegetation Map. Parks, Wildlife and Heritage, Hobart.

Other book chapters

Kirkpatrick, J.B., 1977. Native vegetation of the West Coast region of Tasmania, In Banks, M.R.& Kirkpatrick, J.B. (eds.) Landscape and Man. Royal Society of Tasmania, Hobart, 55-80.

Kirkpatrick, J.B., 1977. The impact of man on the vegetation of the West Coast region, In Banks, M.R. & Kirkpatrick, J.B. (eds.) Landscape and Man, Royal Society of Tasmania, Hobart, 151-156.

Kirkpatrick, J.B., 1986. Tasmanian alpine biogeography and ecology and interpretation of the past, In Barlow, B.A. (ed.). Flora and Fauna of Alpine Australasia: Ages and origins. CSIRO, Melbourne, pp. 229-242.

Kirkpatrick, J.B. & Tyler, P. 1988. Tasmanian wetlands and their conservation, In A. MacComb and P.S. Lake (eds.). The Conservation of Australian Wetlands. Surrey Beatty and Sons, Sydney, pp. 1-16.

Kirkpatrick, J.B., 1992. Wilderness and people in the Western Tasmanian World Heritage Area. Fifth Regional Seminar on National Parks and Wildlife Management, Tasmania 1991, Tasmanian Parks, Wildlife and Heritage, Hobart, 85-89.

Costin, A., Wimbush, D. and Kirkpatrick, J.B., 2003. Flora values. In Independent Scientific Committee An assessment of the values of Kosciuszko National Park. NSW NPWS, Sydney, pp. 55-72.

Kirkpatrick, J.B., 2003. Landscape values. In Independent Scientific Committee An assessment of the values of Kosciuszko National Park. NSW NPWS, Sydney, pp. 109-116.

Kirkpatrick, J.B., 2003. The natural significance of the Australian Alps. In Janet Mackay & Associates (eds.) Celebrating mountains – Proceedings of an international year of the mountains confernce, Jindabyne, Australia, November 25-28 2002. Australian Alps Liaison Committee, Canberra, pp. 9-14.

Unrefereed papers

Brown, M.J., Duncan, F., Jackson, W.D., Jarman, S.J., Kirkpatrick, J.B.& Tyson, R.G., 1982. Vascular plants of the Denison Range and Vale of Rasselas. Tasmanian Naturalist, 71, 1-6.

Kirkpatrick, J.B., 1992. Possible impact of the World Heritage Area management plan on the maintenance of biological diversity. Tasmanian Naturalist, 111, 6-10.

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