UWA Oceans Institute

Our experts

The UWA Oceans Institute is a marine hub that brings together the university’s multidisciplinary research strengths in areas such as oceanography, ecology, engineering, resource management and governance to deliver Ocean Solutions Research.

The Oceans Institute fosters and promotes collaborative research among UWA researchers from over 10 schools and across multiple faculties.

Our members listed below offer a collective power-house of expertise and cutting-edge marine research:

Safeguarding our Resources

Name Areas of expertise
Zachary Amanflow assurance, gas hydrates, subsea petroleum systems, multiphase flow, surfactant chemistry, interfacial thermodynamics, deepwater blowout, energy & fuels, hydrate plug formation
Mohammed Bennamounmachine learning, deep learning, computer vision, robotics, automation, 3D biometrics, 3D reconstruction, artificial neural networks, pattern recognition, robotics, signal processing, image processing, 3D recognition, control theory, forensic image processing, robotics, virtual reality and immersive environments, obstacle avoidance, artificial intelligence
Bryan Boruffgeographic information systems, remote sensing, environmental geography, environmental management, natural hazards, population health, renewable energy, disaster management, risk and vulnerability assessments, rural development, spatially based research tools
Phil Bouchetconservation planning, pelagic ocean, mobile oceanic predators, topography, predictive distribution models, abundance models, marine spatial planning, wildlife management, model transferability. ecological modelling, geographic information systems, cetaceans, fishes and sharks, marine megafauna
Mark Cassidyoffshore foundations, caisson and skirted foundations, finite element analysis, foundation analysis and design, mobile jack-up platforms, offshore geomechanics, reliability and risk, soil-structure-fluid interaction, geotechnical centrifuge modelling, LNG platforms, deep water seabeds, foundation failure mitigation, anchors, pipelines
Scott Draperoffshore hydrodynamics, fluid-soil-structure interactions, wave structure interaction, sediment transport, scour, marine renewable energy, Carnegie wave enery project, pipeline scour, pipeline self-burying, offshore fluid mechanics, green water loading, extreme loading, subsea infrastructure on the seabed, wave kinematics, numerical modelling
Christophe Gaudincentrifuge modelling, plate and torpedo anchor installation and performance, suction caisson installation and performance, pipelane laying, pipeline buckling, spudcan extraction, soil characterisation, hybrid foundations, soil-pipe interaction, anchoring systems, scale effect in centrifuge modelling
Susan Gourvenecoffshore geomechanics, caisson and skirted foundations, submarine pipelines, combined loading, shallow foundations and pipelines, consolidation effects, uplift response, mitigation of gapping around shallow foundations, centrifuge modelling, mobile subsea solutions, effects of salinity on soil response, novel hybrid subsea foundations, effect of anisotropy on soil response
Jeff Hansennearshore waves, nearshore currents, coastal sediment transport, coastal evolution, storm response, inlet dynamics, coastal morphodynamics, non-linear advection, physical processes in coastal environments, surf zone currents, sea level rise, topographic mapping systems, bathymetric mapping systems, remote sensing techniques, evolution of the coast
Muhammad Hossainphysical modelling, numerical modelling, dynamically penetrating anchors, suction caisson anchors, calcareous sediments, layered sediments, bucket foundations subject to V-H-M loading, spudcans, perforation drilling, punch-through and spudcan issues, PCPT, T-bar, ball-based design, stability of foundations on sand embankment, centrifuge modelling, large deformation fine element analysis
Greg Iveycoastal ocean circulation, ocean turbulence, internal waves, tide and wind-driven ocean forcing, the interaction of physical and biological processes.
Ivica Janekovicocean numerical modelling, data assimilation techniques, atmosphere-ocean coupled models, operational coastal forecasting system, ocean physics, continental shelf oceans, operational oceanography
Nicole Jonesenvironmental fluid mechanics, biophysical interactions, surface waves, benthic-pelagic coupling, plume dispersion, oceanographic measurement methods, geophysical fluid dynamics, tropical cyclone forcing, macro-tidal environment, complex topography and mixing, internal wave generation, internal wave propogation, internal wave dissipation
John MortonFull-flow penetrometers, free-fall penetrometers, soft marine soils, geotechnical centrifuge modelling, offshore field testing, novel site investigation tools, shallow penetrometers, dynamic soil-structure interaction, anchors, dynamic penetration,
Conleth O'Loughlincentrifuge modelling, offshore geomechanics, installation of anchors, performance of anchors, dynamically installed torpedo anchors, plate anchors, in-situ penetrometers, soft soil characterisation, solution-based research, free-fall penetrometers, array anchoring, seabed properties, geotechnical design
Chari Pattiaratchicoastal circulation, coastal mixing, numerical simulation of coastal currents, remote sensing, sediment transport processes, wave analysis, physical oceanography, autonomous ocean gliders, HF radar, shelf processes, coastal engineering solutions, Leeuwin current, ecosystem dynamics, current mapping, exploration, ocean modelling, sediment dynamics, sea level studies, dense shelf water cascades, oceanographic sampling, estuarine processes, sea breeze, tsunami warning system, integrated marine observing system
Matthew Raysonphysical oceanography, environmental fluid dynamics, hydrodynamic modelling, ocean dynamics, transport pathways, ocean variability, near-shore environment, numerical modelling, tropical cyclones
Elizabeth Sinclairevolutionary biology, population genetics, phylogeography, conservation, restoration, seagrass genetics, ecological restoration, molecular systematics, genetic diversity, genetic connectivity, Posidonia species, marine connectivity, seagrass restoration
Dennis Stanleyglider technician, technical staff
Paul Thomsonflow cytometry for of marine microbes, marine microbial ecology, marine bio-optics from sea gliders, biological oceanography, deep sea biology, rigs to reef processes, picophytoplankton, glider plotting piloting, glider deployments, glider recovery, marine bacteria, ocean acidification
David Whiteoffshore pipelines, offshore foundations, offshore geomechanics, offshore engineering, geohazards, submarine slides, foundation analysis, foundation design, site investigation, geotechnical surveys, penetrometers, spudcan penetration, centrifuge modelling, image analysis, numerical methods, analytical methods, soil mechanics, soil-structure interaction, image-based deformation measurement
Sarath Wijeratnesea level science, coastal hydrodynamics, estuarine hydrodynamics, real-time oceanographic data download, ocean-shelf exchange, waves, tides, eddies, cross-shelf flows, carbon exchange, numerical modelling, shelf resonance, coastal seiches, sediment transport, biogeochemical interaction, upwelling, mixing, water exchange, circulation, internal waves
Hugh Wolgamotoffshore engineering, wave-structure interaction, wave energy devices, wave energy arrays, hydrodynamics, interaction factor, directionality, trapping, wave energy converters, free motion, fluid mechanics

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Building Resilience

Name Areas of expertise
Jeff Hansen nearshore waves, nearshore currents, coastal sediment transport, coastal evolution, storm response, inlet dynamics, coastal morphodynamics, non-linear advection, physical processes in coastal environments, surf zone currents, sea level rise, topographic mapping systems, bathymetric mapping systems, remote sensing techniques, evolution of the coast
Yasha Hetzel climate variability, climate modelling, tropical cyclones, climatology, arctic climate
Matt Hipsey wetland dynamics, estuary dynamics, aquatic biogeochemistry, ecological modelling, climate change impacts on aquatic ecosystems, water quality, ecological systems analysis, global change and ecosystem health, ecohydrology, river basin sustainbility, modelling aquatic systems
Gary Kendrick demography, recruitment ecology, spatial dynamics of seagrass, ecology of marine macroalgae, habitat mapping, marine diversity and conservation, seagrass restoration, spatially explicit population modelling, macroalgal assemblage, carbon stores, predictive framework
Ryan Lowe Physical oceanography, nearshore processes, coastal engineering, numerical wave and circulation modelling, coral reef oceanography, coastal morphodynamics, boundary layer and canopy flow dynamics, biophysical interactions, environmental fluid dynamics, wave renewable energy
Malcolm McCulloch coral reefs, coral calcification, ocean acidification, paleo oceanography, isotope geochemistry, coastal processes, climate change, anthropogenic sediment flux, nutrient flux, sea level, sea surface temperature, salinity, thermal tolerance, marine heatwave, coral bleaching, river runoff, climate change, boron isotopic systematics, pH up-regulation
Jessica Meeuwig Marine protected areas, conservation biology, pelagic systems, fish and fisheries ecology, science outreach, marine policy
Caroline Ochieng-Erftemeijer Marine ecology, nearshore macrophyte ecology, seagrass ecology, seagrass ecophysiology, light limitation in seagrasses, mangrove ecology, environmental management, environmental impact assessment, environmental auditing and conservation
Chari Pattiaratchi coastal circulation, coastal mixing, numerical simulation of coastal currents, remote sensing, sediment transport processes, wave analysis, physical oceanography, autonomous ocean gliders, HF radar, shelf processes, coastal engineering solutions, Leeuwin current, ecosystem dynamics, current mapping, exploration, ocean modelling, sediment dynamics, sea level studies, dense shelf water cascades, oceanographic sampling, estuarine processes, sea breeze, tsunami warning system, integrated marine observing system
Ana Sequeira ecological modelling, marine conservation, distribution models, whale sharks, temporal predictions, statistical models, Bayesian framework, model transferability, geographic information systems, aquaculture development, spatial planning
John Statton seagrass habitat loss, seagrass habitat degradation, ecological restoration, marine systems, aquaculture, environmental tolerance thresholds, seagrass conservation, seed biology, marine plants, seagrass restoration, seed collection, dredging, dispersal mechanisms, movement ecology
David Sutton biological control, applied environmental microbiology, marine microbiology, symbiosis, water quality, marine viruses, symbiosis of bacteria, marine microbial diversity, marine microbial distribution, biotechnology, microbial communities, comparative morphology
Kimberly van Niel spatial modelling, spatial ecology, uncertainty analyses, terrestrial biogeography, marine biogeography, geographic information systems, species and habitat modelling, biodiversity conservation, species distributions, marine plant stress, marine animal stress, coastal shelf, climate change, microclimate modelling, habitat resources
Shaun Collin comparative marine neurobiology, vertebrate and invertebrate sensory systems, neuroecology, vision, electroreception, audition, chemoreception, lateral line sense, shark neurobiology, shark mitigation and the testing and development of shark deterrents, understanding the neural basis of animal behaviour using anatomical, electrophysiological, molecular, bioimaging and behavioural methods.
Bryan Boruff geographic information systems, remote sensing, environmental geography, environmental management, natural hazards, population health, renewable energy, disaster management, risk and vulnerability assessments, rural development, spatially based research tools
Marion Cambridge seagrass biology, algal biology, seagrass ecology, algal ecology, restoration of marine habitats, restoration and transplant success, epiphytic algae, dispersal mechanism, large-scale planting, transplanting strategies, seedling dispersal
Belinda Cannell Little Penguin ecology, seabird ecology, biologging (satellite tags, time depth recorders, GPS tags, accelerometers), foraging behaviour, breeding behaviour, climate change impacts on seabirds, coastal development impacts on seabirds
Peta Clode biological microscopy, biomineralisation processes, nutrient transport, ion transport, coral calcification and symbioses, structure-function relationships in biological tissues, marine biology, effects of dredging on corals and sponges, parasites in Australian widllife, nutrient dynamics, coral physiology, nutrient competition, elemental analysis of plants
Steeve Comeau ocean acidification, coral calcification, biogeochemistry, coral reef ecosystems, seawater carbonate chemistry
Chris Cornwall ocean acidification, calcification, photosystem physiology, marine ecology, ecological physiology, environmental variability, pH regulation, calcareous macroalgae, environmental variability, ocean warming, hydrodynamics, inorganic carbon acquisition, photosynthetic processes
Juan Pablo D'Olivo Cordero paleoceanographic studies, coral growth information, geochemical data, boron isotope composition, coral skeletons, river runoff, inshore reefs, coral calcification, Great Barrier Reef, climate change impacts
Jim Falter coral reefs, biogeochemistry, oceanography, nearshore processes, climate change, coral reef growth, coral reef metabolism, ocean warming, acidification, nutrient uptake, ocean processes, atmospheric processes, climate change impacts
Nicola Mitchell ecophysiology, reproductive biology of vertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, climate change, conservation biology, assisted colonisation, temperature-dependent sex determination, population viability assessment, marine turtles, adaptation, Western Swamp Tortoise, terrestrial breeding frogs, dissociated breeding, preemtive management, conservation physiology
Verena Schoepf coral reefs, climate change, coral bleaching, ocean acidification, coral calcification, physiology, geochemistry, environmental change, coral recovery capacity, coral energy reserves, boron isotope, heatwaves, organic carbon fluxes, coral growth
Thomas Wernberg marine ecology, kelp forests, seaweed ecology, climate change, climate variability, marine range shifts, tropicalisation, marine heatwaves, marine extreme events, marine habitats, invasive species, marine biodiversity, biogeography, marine macroecology, ecological interactions,

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Influencing Governance and Policy

Name Areas of expertise
Greg Acciaiolianthropology of protected areas, contemporary social theory, development and globalisation, environment and anthropology, ethnicity and migration, history of anthropological theory, indigenity in Asia, linguistic anthropolgy, semiotics, Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Signapore, Burnei), visual anthropology, ethnographic film, revitalisation movements
Simon Allenmarine megafauna, wildlife conservation, anthropogenic impacts, conservation and management, social and foraging behaviour of dolphins, marine biology and environmental science, reptiles, whales, fisheries bycatch, behavioural ecology and sociobiology
Michael Burtonbioeconomic modelling, choice modelling, consumer demand analysis, environmental economics, non-market valuation, agricultural economics, agricultural policy, bio-economic modelling, commodity marketing, environmental policy, natural resource economics, natural resource management, sustainable resource management, wildlife management
Julian Cliftonmarine conservation, marine national parks, marine planning, marine policy, environment in Indonesia and Southeast Asia, small island development and conservation, local communities, natural resource management, community-based tourism development
Andrea Gaynormarine environmental history, environmental history, ecological history, urban history, Western Australian history, human-environment relationships, ecologically sustainable societies, environmental change
Anas Ghadouaniaquatic invasive species, carbon cycle, catchment processes, cyanobacteria, ecological engineering, lakes, reservoirs, rivers, limnology, microcystins, phytoplankton, plankton patchiness, toxic algal blooms, trophic interactions, water quality, water management, water monitoring, zooplankton, waste stabilisation, wastewater engineering, environmental policy, water sensitive cities
Atakelty Hailuenvironmental economics, environmental policy, productivity analysis, efficiency analysis, agricultural economics, computational economics, fisheries and coastal management, water economics, water policy, whole-farm economic modelling, non-market valuation, auction design, land use policy, catchment modelling, valuation of marine-based recreation
David Pannellenvironmental economics, environmental policy, natural resource economics, natural resource management, ecological economics, adoption of agricultural innovations, bioeconomic modelling, economics of threatened species management, economics of bushfires and natural hazards, dryland salinity economics and policy, risk management, sustainable farming systems, farming system economics, economics of weed management, agricultural economics
Natasha Paulienvironmental management, environmental policy, biodiversity in agroecosystems, local knowledge in environmental decisions, invertebrate ecology, soil quality, ecosystem services, mosaic landscapes, environmental planning, biogeography, sustainable development,
Jane Princemarine ecology, community ecology, human impacts on marine systems, long-term population changes, coral reef fish assemblage, genetic divergence, spatial patterns, environmental stability, human impacts
Abbie Rogersnon-market valuation, environmental economics, natural resource economics, natural resource management, environmental policy, marine valuation, marine reserves, conservation planning, marine megafauna management, community preferences, choice experiments, social values
Elizabeth Sinclairevolutionary biology, population genetics, phylogeography, conservation, restoration, seagrass genetics, ecological restoration, molecular systematics, genetic diversity, genetic connectivity, Posidonia species, marine connectivity, seagrass restoration
John Stattonseagrass habitat loss, seagrass habitat degradation, ecological restoration, marine systems, aquaculture, environmental tolerance thresholds, seagrass conservation, seed biology, marine plants, seagrass restoration, seed collection, dredging, dispersal mechanisms, movement ecology
Erika Techeraoceans governance, marine environmental law, heritage law and policy, Indigenous peoples and their law, Pacific Island States and customary law, shark conservation and management, international environmental law, wildlife law and policy, Indian Ocean rim, marine protected areas, marine spatial planning, small island states
Jessica MeeuwigMarine protected areas, conservation biology, pelagic systems, fish and fisheries ecology, science outreach, marine policy

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Exploring and Discovery

Name Areas of expertise
Simon Allen marine megafauna, wildlife conservation, anthropogenic impacts, conservation and management, social and foraging behaviour of dolphins, marine biology and environmental science, reptiles, whales, fisheries bycatch, behavioural ecology and sociobiology
Mohammed Bennamoun machine learning, deep learning, computer vision, robotics, automation, 3D biometrics, 3D reconstruction, artificial neural networks, pattern recognition, robotics, signal processing, image processing, 3D recognition, control theory, forensic image processing, robotics, virtual reality and immersive environments, obstacle avoidance, artificial intelligence
Cynthia Bluteau environmental fluid mechanics, small-scale transport processes, mixing in inland and coastal waters, turbulent mixing, mixing estimates, sediment mobilisation, near-bed turbulence, cross-shore transport, nonlinear shoaling, limnological environments, hydrodynamic models
Anne Brearley invertebrate ecology, estuarine environments, community ecology, environmental education, macrofaunal grazing of seagrasses, invertebrate communities, estuarine ecosystem processes and health
Wayne Davies molecular evolution, gene expression, gene regulation, vision, circadian rhythms, photobiology, pigments, opsins, cystic fibrosis, colour vision, phototransduction, non-visual sensory systems, next-generation sequencing, ion channels, functional characterisation of gene families
Anas Ghadouani aquatic invasive species, carbon cycle, catchment processes, cyanobacteria, ecological engineering, lakes, reservoirs, rivers, limnology, microcystins, phytoplankton, plankton patchiness, toxic algal blooms, trophic interactions, water quality, water management, water monitoring, zooplankton, waste stabilisation, wastewater engineering, environmental policy, water sensitive cities
Jan Hemmi neuroscience, vision, behaviour, colour vision, sensory ecology, marsupial vision, marsupial behaviour, invertebrate vision, invertebrate behaviour, visual information processing, fiddler crab, sensory processing, neuroecology
Renae Hovey population dynamics, distribution of marine benthic organisms, marine communities, spatial arrangement, habitat, western rock lobster, lobster fishery, marine ecology
Ryan Kempster sensory biology of sharks, shark repellent, shark deterrent, shark bycatch, support our sharks, environmental stimuli, captive release programs, shark population conservation
Stephanie King behavioural biology, animal communication systems, vocal interactions, bottlenose dolphins, marine mammals, acoustic communication, anthropogenic noise disturbance, cooperation in animal systems, Shark Bay dolphins, communicative strategies, interactive playback
Tim Langlois marine crustacean ecology, marine fish ecology, marine diversity, marine conservation, experimental ecology, multivariate analysis, fish assemblage, spatial management, climate change, remote video systems, remote sampling, macroecological patterns, monitoring programmes, environmental variation
Dianne McLean fish ecology, stereo-video systems, remote sampling, fishery independent sampling, marine conservation, fish surveys, fish assemblage, aquaculture, anthropogenic pressures
Nicola Mitchell ecophysiology, reproductive biology of vertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, climate change, conservation biology, assisted colonisation, temperature-dependent sex determination, population viability assessment, marine turtles, adaptation, Western Swamp Tortoise, terrestrial breeding frogs, dissociated breeding, preemtive management, conservation physiology
Ylva Olsen marine macrophyte ecology, marine food webs, stable isotopes, seagrass disease interactions, climate change, ocean warming, ocean acidification, macroalgae, seagrass communities, marine plants
Julian Partridge vision science, fish senses, fish ecology, ecology of vision, fiddler crab, underwater imaging cameras, photo-receptors, science communication, polarisation, reflective optics, bioluminescence
Alistair Paterson historical archaeology, historical rock art, Australia's North West, culture contact, maritime archaeology, archaeological methodology, site visualisation, Indian Ocean research
Leonardo Ruiz Montoya current-driven seed dispersal, seagrass ecology, summer circulation dynamics, seagrass meadows, seedling recruitment patterns, dispersal and predation, movement ecology
Verena Schoepf coral reefs, climate change, coral bleaching, ocean acidification, coral calcification, physiology, geochemistry, environmental change, coral recovery capacity, coral energy reserves, boron isotope, heatwaves, organic carbon fluxes, coral growth
Graham Symonds Physical oceanography, nearshore processes, waves and currents on beaches and reefs, infragravity waves, sediment driven gravity currents.
Julie Trotter paleontology, paleoclimatology, environmental geochemistry, isotope geology, ion microscope systems, environmental change, seawater chemistry, fossil biogenic carbonate, modern marine calcifiers, sea surface temperature, microanalytical thermometry, ambient seawater conditions, electron microscopy, mass spectrometry
Ingrid Ward marine archaeology/geoarchaeology.
Thomas Wernberg marine ecology, kelp forests, seaweed ecology, climate change, climate variability, marine range shifts, tropicalisation, marine heatwaves, marine extreme events, marine habitats, invasive species, marine biodiversity, biogeography, marine macroecology, ecological interactions,
Sarath Wijeratne sea level science, coastal hydrodynamics, estuarine hydrodynamics, real-time oceanographic data download, ocean-shelf exchange, waves, tides, eddies, cross-shelf flows, carbon exchange, numerical modelling, shelf resonance, coastal seiches, sediment transport, biogeochemical interaction, upwelling, mixing, water exchange, circulation, internal waves
Kara Yopak comparative neuroanatomy, sensory biology, cartilaginous fishes, marine ecology, phylogenetic comparative analyses, neuroecology, neural systems, comparative morphology, adaptive evolution, brain evolution, sharks, neuron counting, flow cytometry, biodiversity, major brain structures, shark behaviour
Ming-Hao Zheng biotherapeutics, bone cell biology, tissue engineering, bone tumour pathology, cell therapy, regenerative medicine, orthopaedic research, cell-scaffold technology, bioreactors, cellular therapies, molecular biology, cell biology, bone and cartilage, interacellular vesicle trafficking
Shaun Collin comparative marine neurobiology, vertebrate and invertebrate sensory systems, neuroecology, vision, electroreception, audition, chemoreception, lateral line sense, shark neurobiology, shark mitigation and the testing and development of shark deterrents, understanding the neural basis of animal behaviour using anatomical, electrophysiological, molecular, bioimaging and behavioural methods.
Pauline Grierson biogeochemistry of terrestrial ecosystems, biogeochemistry of aquatic ecosystems, stable isotope techniques, ecohydrology of arid ecosystems, ecological water requirements, tree physiology, hydraulic architecture, dendroclimatology, tree ring studies, fire ecology, forest ecology, carbon cycling, root architecture, stable isotopes in ecology, belowground processes

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