Dr Eckehard G. Brockerhoff

Dr Eckehard G Brockerhoff



Dr Eckehard (Ecki) Brockerhoff is a forest ecologist and entomologist with broad research interests in forest biosecurity, biological invasions, biodiversity and conservation, ecosystem services, and various other topics. Ecki’s current projects cover a variety of topics ranging from preventing and managing forest insect invasions to biodiversity conservation in production landscapes and functional aspects of biodiversity. He has extensive networks with collaborators in New Zealand and many other countries. Ecki is a member of the Board of IUFRO (the International Union of Forest Research Organizations) where he is also the Coordinator of the Forest Health Division.


PhD (Forest Entomology and Forest Ecology), University of Toronto, Canada -1998
MSc (equivalent), (Zoology), University of Kiel, Germany -1994

Research capabilities

Forest biosecurity, border biosecurity, biological invasions, biodiversity and conservation, forest ecology, ecosystem services, chemical ecology, all kinds of entomolog.

Career highlights

  • Associate Editor, Biodiversity and Conservation (Springer)
  • Associate Editor, Forestry (Oxford University Press), Subject-editor for Entomology
  • Editorial board member, New Zealand Entomologist (Taylor & Francis)
  • Board member, International Union of Forest Research Organisations (IUFRO), and Co-ordinator of IUFRO’s Forest Health Division (since 2012).
  • Member of Better Border Biosecurity Theme Leader Group / Science Management Committee (since 2007).
  • Fellowship of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, FFPRI, Tsukuba, Japan (2015)
  • Invited keynote speaker, USDA Forum on Invasive Species, Annapolis, USA (January 2015).
  • Invited plenary speaker, World Congress of the International Union of Forest Research Organisations (IUFRO), Salt Lake City, USA (October 2014).
  • OECD Research Fellowship, United States Forest Service, Morgantown, WV (2014)
  • Invited member, IUFRO Task Force Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (since 2012), and Task Force Coordinator (2013-2014).
  • Invited plenary speaker, International Congress on Planted Forests, Bordeaux, France (May 2013).
  • Invited keynote speaker, New Zealand Forest Owners Association / Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Forest Biosecurity Workshop, Rotorua, New Zealand (February 2012).
  • Invited plenary speaker, International Symposium on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Goods and Services, Tokyo, Japan (April 2010).
  • President of the Entomological Society of New Zealand (2007-2009; Vice-president from 2005-2007, Immediate Past-president from 2009-2011).
  • Deputy co-ordinator IUFRO Research Group 8.02 ‘Forest Biodiversity’ (2006-2010) and Working Party 8.02.02 ‘Biodiversity and resilience’ (2004-2010).

Selected papers

(for a complete list see https://scholar.google.co.nz/citations?user=-PSnee8AAAAJ&hl=en)

Wingfield MJ, Brockerhoff EG, Wingfield BD, Slippers B (2015) Planted forest health: The need for a global strategy. Science 349, 832–836. doi: 10.1126/science.aac6674

Sopow SL, Bader MK-F, Brockerhoff EG (2015) Bark beetles attacking conifer seedlings: Picking on the weakest or feasting upon the fittest? Journal of Applied Ecology 52, 220–227. doi:10.1111/1365-2664.12368

Branco M, Brockerhoff EG, Castagneyrol B, Orazio C, Jactel H (2015) Host range expansion of native insects to exotic trees increases with area of introduction and the presence of congeneric native trees. Journal of Applied Ecology 52, 69–77. doi:10.1111/1365-2664.12362

Brockerhoff EG, Kimberley M, Liebhold AM, Haack RA, Cavey JF. (2014). Predicting how altering propagule pressure changes establishment rates of biological invaders across species pools . Ecology 95: 594–601. doi:10.1890/13-0465.1

Leung B, Springborn MR, Turner JA, Brockerhoff EG (2014) Pathway-level risk analysis: the net present value of an invasive species policy in the US. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 12: 273-279. doi:10.1890/130311

Epanchin-Niell RS, Brockerhoff EG, Kean JM, Turner JA (2014) Designing cost-efficient surveillance strategies for early-detection of invasive species: a case study on wood borers and bark beetles. Ecological Applications 24, 1258–1274. doi:10.1890/13-1331.1

Brockerhoff EG, Jactel H, Parrotta JA, Ferraz SFB. (2013) Role of eucalypt and other planted forests in biodiversity conservation and the provision of biodiversity-related ecosystem services. Forest Ecology and Management 301: 43-50. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2012.09.018 

Brockerhoff EG, Suckling DM, Roques A, Jactel H, Branco M, Twidle AM, Mastro VC, Kimberley MO. (2013) Improving the efficiency of lepidopteran pest detection and surveillance: Constraints and opportunities for multiple-species trapping. Journal of Chemical Ecology 39:50–58. doi:10.1007/s10886-012-0223-6

Pawson SM, Brin AMB, Brockerhoff EG, Lamb D, Payn TW, Paquette A, Parrotta J (2013) Plantation forests, climate change and biodiversity. Biodiversity and Conservation 22: 1203–1227. doi:10.1007/s10531-013-0458-8

Barbaro L, Brockerhoff EG, Giffard B, van Halder I (2012) Edge and area effects on avian assemblages and insectivory in fragmented native forests. Landscape Ecology 27,1451-1463. doi:10.1007/s10980-012-9800-x 

Brockerhoff EG, Suckling DM, Kimberley M, Richardson B, Coker G, Gous S, Kerr JL, Cowan DM, Lance DR, Strand T, Zhang A (2012) Aerial application of pheromones for mating disruption of an invasive moth as a potential eradication tool. PLoS ONE 7(8): e43767. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0043767  

Liebhold AM, Brockerhoff EG, Garrett LJ, Parke JL, Britton KO (2012) Live plant imports: the major pathway for forest insect and pathogen invasions of the U.S. Frontiers in Ecology and Environment 10: 135–143. doi:10.1890/110198

Bertheau C, Brockerhoff EG, Roux-Morabito G, Lieutier F, Jactel H (2010) Novel insect-tree associations resulting from accidental and intentional biological ‘invasions’: a meta-analysis of effects on insect fitness. Ecology Letters 13, 506-515. doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2010.01445.x

Brockerhoff EG, Liebhold A, Richardson B, Suckling DM (2010) Eradication of invasive forest insects: concepts, methods, costs and benefits. New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science 40 suppl., S117-S135. www.scionresearch.com/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/17129/NZJFS40Suppl.2010S117-S135BROCKERHOFF.pdf

Suckling DM, Brockerhoff EG (2010) Invasion biology, ecology, and management of the light brown apple moth (Tortricidae). Annual Review of Entomology 55, 285-306. doi:10.1146/annurev-ento-112408-085311

Brockerhoff EG, Barratt BIP, Beggs JR, Fagan LL, Kay N, Phillips CB, Vink CJ (2010) Impacts of exotic invertebrates on New Zealand’s indigenous species and ecosystems. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 34, 158-174.

Brockerhoff EG, Jactel H, Parrotta JA, Quine CP, Sayer J (2008) Plantation forests and biodiversity: Oxymoron or opportunity? Biodiversity and Conservation 17, 925-951. Doi:10.1007/s10531-008-9380-x

Jactel H, Brockerhoff EG (2007) Tree diversity reduces herbivory by forest insects. Ecology Letters 10, 835-848. doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2007.01073.x

Brockerhoff EG, Berndt LA, Jactel H (2005) Role of exotic pine forests in the conservation of the critically endangered ground beetle Holcaspis brevicula (Coleoptera: Carabidae). New Zealand Journal of Ecology 29, 37-43.