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 more than 10 schools and across multiple faculties.

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

Coasts and communities

Name Areas of expertise
Maryam Abdolahpour environmental fluid mechanics, ecohydraulics, hydrodynamics of wave and steady flows, canopy flow dynamics, sediment transport, turbulence, mixing and transport in complex systems, coastal and nearshore processes, coastal engineering
Greg Acciaioli anthropology of protected areas, contemporary social theory, development and globalisation, environment and anthropology, ethnicity and migration, history of anthropological theory, indigenity in Asia, linguistic anthropology, semiotics, Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Signapore, Burnei), visual anthropology, ethnographic film, revitalisation movements, marine protected areas, statelessness
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
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
Anne Brearley invertebrate ecology, estuarine environments, community ecology, environmental education, macrofaunal grazing of seagrasses, invertebrate communities, estuarine ecosystem processes and health
Michael Burton bioeconomic modelling, choice modelling, consumer demand analysis, environmental economics, non-market valuation, agricultural economics, agricultural policy, commodity marketing, environmental policy, natural resource economics, natural resource management, sustainable resource management, wildlife management
Lifen Chen extreme wave conditions, survivability of ocean and coastal structures, greenwater
Julian Clifton marine 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
Simone Cosoli physical oceanography, continental shelf oceans, operational oceanography, oceanographic measurement methods, remote sensing, HF radar, ocean dynamics, integrated marine observing systems
Matthew Fraser ecosystem ecology, molecular ecology, microbial ecology, marine management, biogeochemistry
Andrea Gaynor marine environmental history, environmental history, ecological history, urban history, Western Australian history, human-environment relationships, ecologically sustainable societies, environmental change
Anas Ghadouani estuarine dynamics, wastewater discharge, microplastics and microfiber, zooplankton, land/ocean interface, sustainable cities, smart cities, water-sensitive cities
Atakelty Hailu environmental 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
Jeff Hansen coastal and nearshore processes, numerical modelling of waves and currents, coastal morphodynamics, coastal response to climate change, marine renewable energy, ocean observing
Yasha Hetzel coastal circulation, coastal mixing, estuarine processes, sea level processes, waves, storm surge, climate variability, tropical cyclones, larval dispersal and connectivity, circulation and wave modelling, remote sensing, autonomous ocean gliders, HF radar, ecosystem dynamics, dense shelf water cascades, oceanographic sampling
Sharyn Hickey spatial and temporal analysis of coastal and shallow marine environments, mangrove habitats, data capturing using sensors on drones and satellites, GIS and remote sensing, environmental, climatic, and anthropogenic drivers, blue carbon
Matt Hipsey estuarine ecohydrology, coastal eutrophication and water quality, hydrodynamic-biogeochemical modelling, nutrient and greenhouse gas biogeochemistry, aquaculture assessment, estuary management and restoration
Ivica Janekovic ocean numerical modelling, data assimilation techniques, atmosphere-ocean coupled models, operational coastal forecasting system, ocean physics, continental shelf oceans, operational oceanography, storm-surge modelling, extreme events modelling/analysis
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
Dianne McLean fish ecology, decommissioning marine science, stereo-video systems, remote sampling, fishery independent sampling, marine conservation, fish surveys, fish assemblage, aquaculture, anthropogenic pressures
Carolyn Oldham urban coasts and estuaries, water-sensitive cities, marine contamination, acidic surface and groundwaters, marine wrack biogeochemistry, fate and transport of marine wrack, oxygen dynamics, nutrient biogeochemistry, coastal eutrophication, urban hydrology, subterranean groundwater discharge, hydroecology, catchment hydrology, coastal and estuarine hydrodynamics
Jana Orszaghova renewable wave energy, wave-structure interaction, wave energy converters, wave flume/basin laboratory testing, laboratory wave generation, intermediate and shallow water wave modelling, Boussinesq modelling, runup, overtopping
David Pannell environmental 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
Alistair Paterson historical archaeology, historical rock art, Australia's North West, culture contact, maritime archaeology, archaeological methodology, site visualisation, Indian Ocean research
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
Natasha Pauli environmental management, environmental policy, biodiversity in agroecosystems, local knowledge in environmental decisions, invertebrate ecology, soil quality, ecosystem services, mosaic landscapes, environmental planning, biogeography, sustainable development
Andrew Pomeroy aquaculture impacts, aquaculture-environment interactions, aquaculture waste, transport of particles, sediment transport, coastal hydrodynamics, measurement and modelling of waves and currents, coastal modelling, coastal erosion and morphodynamics, coastal engineering, biophysical interactions, remote sensing in coastal environments, coral reef sediment transport, coral reef hydrodynamics, numerical modelling and computational fluid dynamics, boundary layer and canopy flow, environmental fluid dynamics
Jane Prince marine ecology, community ecology, human impacts on marine systems, long-term population changes, coral reef fish assemblage, genetic divergence, spatial patterns, environmental stability, human impacts
Matthew Rayson physical oceanography, environmental fluid dynamics, hydrodynamic modelling, ocean dynamics, transport pathways, ocean variability, near-shore environment, numerical modelling, tropical cyclones
Dirk Rijnsdorp coastal engineering, nearshore processes, renewable wave energy, nonlinear wave dynamics, wave-induced currents, wave-structure interactions, numerical modelling
Lucy Robinson socioecology, decision analyses in environmental resource management, modelling social dynamics and processes, political science, social psychology
Abbie Rogers non-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, integrated economic assessments, benefit-cost analysis, benefit transfer, decision making
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
Graham Symonds physical oceanography, nearshore processes, waves and currents on beaches and reefs, infragravity waves, sediment-driven gravity currents
Erika Techera oceans 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

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Energy from the oceans

Name Areas of expertise
Maryam Abdolahpour environmental fluid mechanics, ecohydraulics, hydrodynamics of wave and steady flows, canopy flow dynamics, sediment transport, turbulence, mixing and transport in complex systems, coastal and nearshore processes, coastal engineering
Hongwei An flow structure interaction, turbulent flow, sediment transport, subsea hydrodynamics
Ryan Beemer geotechnical engineering, soil mechanics, offshore geomechanics, offshore sediments, calcareous sediments, soil characterisation, geotechnical centrifuge modelling, sensor systems, offshore foundations, plate anchors, offshore renewable energy
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
Britta Bienen offshore foundations, offshore geomechanics, offshore renewable energy, jack-up platforms, subsea foundations, anchoring systems, soil-structure-fluid interaction, physical modelling, geotechnical centrifuge modelling, numerical modelling
Fraser Bransby offshore geotechnics, subsea and pipeline foundation design, seabed characterisation
Liang Cheng local scour around subsea structures, sediment transport processes, vortex-induced vibrations of pipelines and risers, physical and numerical modelling of hydrodynamic forces on structures
Shiaohuey Chow centrifuge modelling, offshore geomechanics, offshore site investigation, seabed properties, free-fall penetrometers, in-situ penetrometers, soft soil characterisation, geotechnical design, installation of anchors, performance of anchors, dynamically installed anchors, plate anchors
Simone Cosoli physical oceanography, continental shelf oceans, operational oceanography, oceanographic measurement methods, remote sensing, HF radar, ocean dynamics, integrated marine observing systems
James Doherty geotechnical engineering, soil mechanics, software development, cloud computing
Scott Draper offshore 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
Mike Efthymiou fixed and floating offshore facilities, FLNT, topsides structural design
Christophe Gaudin physical modelling, soil mechanics, geotechnical engineering, anchoring systems for floating oil and gas and marine renewables, soil-pipeline interaction
Andrew Grime structural engineering, fixed offshore structures, floating offshore structures, risers systems, moorings systems, offshore engineering, reliability and statistics, extreme responses, hydrodynamics, numerical modelling
Jeff Hansen coastal and nearshore processes, numerical modelling of waves and currents, coastal morphodynamics, coastal response to climate change, marine renewable energy, ocean observing
Muhammad Hossain mitigation of punch-through and footprint interaction issues through novel spudcan shapes, novel dynamically installed fish anchor for calcareous seabed sediments, suction caisson anchors in calcareous seabed sediments, cone and T-bar-based direct design approaches, interpretation of cone, T-bar, ball penetration data, centrifuge modelling, large deformation fine element analysis
Pan Hu mobile jack-up platforms, centrifuge modelling, offshore geomechanics, finite element analysis, offshore foundations
Greg Ivey coastal ocean circulation, ocean turbulence, internal waves, tide and wind-driven ocean forcing, the interaction of physical and biological processes
Ivica Janekovic ocean numerical modelling, data assimilation techniques, atmosphere-ocean coupled models, operational coastal forecasting system, ocean physics, continental shelf oceans, operational oceanography, storm-surge modelling, extreme events modelling/analysis
Nicole Jones environmental fluid mechanics, biophysical interactions, surface waves, benthic-pelagic coupling, plume dispersion, oceanographic measurement methods, geophysical fluid dynamics, tropical cyclone forcing, macrotidal environment, complex topography and mixing, internal wave generation, internal wave propogation, internal wave dissipation
Youngho Kim offshore foundations, numerical modelling, large deformation fine element analysis, soil-substructure interactions, pile foundations, dynamically installed anchors, suction caisson anchors, spudcans, geotechnical design, physical modelling
Mehrdad Kimiaei offshore engineering, structural integrity management of fixed and floating platforms, fluid-soil-structure interaction, extreme response and fatigue design of riser and mooring systems, response-based analysis and reliability of marine structures, subsea and deep water engineering, condition monitoring, composite materials, rehabilitation of aged marine structures, advanced numerical modelling, seismic response analysis
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
Tim Mazzarol business model innovation and business strategy, commercialisation of emerging technologies, innovation management, small to medium enterprise, entrepreneurship, industry clustering, strategic alliances and networks, cooperative and mutual enterprise, market research, strategic marketing and management, business ecosystems
Dianne McLean fish ecology, decommissioning marine science, stereo-video systems, remote sampling, fishery independent sampling, marine conservation, fish surveys, fish assemblage, aquaculture, anthropogenic pressures
Ian Milne ocean engineering, ship hydrodynamics, mooring systems, FPSOs, FLNG, drillships, semi-submersibles, wave structure interaction, metocean, marine renewable energy, tidal turbines, turbulence, wind engineering, numerical modelling, model-scale testing, field data acquisition, machine learning
Henning Mohr sediment transport, offshore hydrodynamics, pipeline scour, pipeline self-burying, scour around subsea structures, offshore fluid mechanics, subsea infrastructure on the seabed, centrifuge modelling, offshore geomechanics, in-situ penetrometers, soft soil characterisation, array anchoring, seabed properties, geotechnical design, marine renewable energy, Carnegie wave energy project
Conleth O'Loughlin centrifuge 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
Jana Orszaghova renewable wave energy, wave-structure interaction, wave energy converters, wave flume/basin laboratory testing, laboratory wave generation, intermediate and shallow water wave modelling, Boussinesq modelling, runup, overtopping
David Pannell environmental 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
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
Raffaele Ragni offshore geomechanics, offshore foundations, suction bucket, offshore wind farm, jack-up platform, spudcan, consolidation, centrifuge modelling, numerical modelling
Mark Randolph geotechnical engineering, offshore engineering, soil mechanics
Matthew Rayson physical oceanography, environmental fluid dynamics, hydrodynamic modelling, ocean dynamics, transport pathways, ocean variability, near-shore environment, numerical modelling, tropical cyclones
Dirk Rijnsdorp coastal engineering, nearshore processes, renewable wave energy, nonlinear wave dynamics, wave-induced currents, wave-structure interactions, numerical modelling
Fauzan Sahdi physical modelling, soil element tests, slide-pipeline interaction, penetrometers, riser-soil interaction, behaviour of organic soils, geotechnics of mine tailings
Marie-Lise Schlappy biodiversity and human impacts, sessile benthic communities, sponges and associated microbes, small cryptic fishes and their life-history characteristics, biogeochemistry (N and S cycles), microbial processes, marine novel ecosystems, marine ecoystems restoration, ecological function of subsea man-made structures, benthic sessile communities on and around wave/tidal infrastructure and offshore wind, biodiversity of assemblages on and around oil and gas infrastructure in need of decommissioning
Sam Stanier geotechnical engineering, site investigation, centrifuge modelling, numerical analysis, constitutive modelling, image-based deformation measurement
Graham Symonds physical oceanography, nearshore processes, waves and currents on beaches and reefs, infragravity waves, sediment-driven gravity currents
Erika Techera oceans 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
Yinghui Tian offshore geotechnics, ocean renewables, offshore foundations, anchoring systems, offshore pipelines, caisson and skirted foundations, finite element analysis, foundation analysis and design, reliability and risk, soil-structure-fluid interaction, geotechnical centrifuge modelling, soil mechanics, soil-structure interaction
Joe Tom fluid-soil-structure interaction, pipeline and structure scour, performance and reliability of anchoring systems, dynamically installed anchors, geotechnical design of pipelines, trenching beneath risers and mooring chains
FeiFei Tong fluid dynamics, fluid mechanics, offshore hydrodynamics, computational fluid mechanics, bluff body flow, vortex flow, vortex shedding, flow interference, boundary layer flow, pipeline engineering, hydrology, water resources, hydraulics, fluid-structure interaction, vortex-induced vibration, nearshore waves, wave-induced current
Luke Twomey marine and estuarine ecology, water and sediment quality, environmental impact assessment, development of collaborative marine science programs
Phillip Watson offshore geotechnics, offshore engineering, foundation design, soil-structure interaction, site characterisation, centrifuge modelling, industry engagement
Hugh Wolgamot offshore engineering, wave-structure interaction, wave energy devices, wave energy arrays, hydrodynamics, interaction factor, directionality, trapping, wave energy converters, free motion, fluid mechanics
Wenhua Zhao offshore engineering, wave-structure interactions, hydrodynamics, mooring systems, fluid mechanics, ship motions, ocean waves, numerical modelling, physical modelling, data analysis, subsea structures, floating systems
Liang Zhao caisson anchor, centrifuge modelling, finite element analysis, physical model tests, pipeline laying, pipe-soil interaction, sand characterisation
Tongming Zhou wind tunnel testing, experimental fluid mechanics using hot wire anemometers and PIV, vortex shedding from single and multiple bluff bodies, vortex-induced vibration of marine risers and pipelines, control (suppressing or enhancing) of vortex-induced vibrations using passive and active methods, sloshing using 6DOF hexapod

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Fisheries, food, security and aquaculture    

Name Areas of expertise
Greg Acciaioli anthropology of protected areas, contemporary social theory, development and globalisation, environment and anthropology, ethnicity and migration, history of anthropological theory, indigenity in Asia, linguistic anthropology, semiotics, Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Signapore, Burnei), visual anthropology, ethnographic film, revitalisation movements, marine protected areas, statelessness
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, impacts of climate change on Shark Bay’s dolphin population
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
Michael Burton bioeconomic modelling, choice modelling, consumer demand analysis, environmental economics, non-market valuation, agricultural economics, agricultural policy, commodity marketing, environmental policy, natural resource economics, natural resource management, sustainable resource management, wildlife management
Julian Clifton marine 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
Peta Clode cell biology, cellular imaging, 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 wildlife, nutrient dynamics, coral physiology, nutrient competition, elemental analysis of plants
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
Simone Cosoli physical oceanography, continental shelf oceans, operational oceanography, oceanographic measurement methods, remote sensing, HF radar, ocean dynamics, integrated marine observing systems
Andrea Gaynor marine environmental history, environmental history, ecological history, urban history, Western Australian history, human-environment relationships, ecologically sustainable societies, environmental change
Atakelty Hailu environmental 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
Juan He international trade law, international fisheries law, law and sustainable development, trade and climate change, novel feedstock for agriculture
Yasha Hetzel coastal circulation, coastal mixing, estuarine processes, sea level processes, waves, storm surge, climate variability, tropical cyclones, larval dispersal and connectivity, circulation and wave modelling, remote sensing,  autonomous ocean gliders, HF radar,  ecosystem dynamics, dense shelf water cascades, oceanographic sampling
Matt Hipsey estuarine ecohydrology, coastal eutrophication and water quality, hydrodynamic-biogeochemical modelling, nutrient and greenhouse gas biogeochemistry, aquaculture assessment, estuary management and restoration
Renae Hovey fish-habitat relationships, geographical information systems, habitat mapping, image analysis and habitat classification, marine ecology, remote sensing, seagrass, spatial ecology
Ivica Janekovic ocean numerical modelling, data assimilation techniques, atmosphere-ocean coupled models, operational coastal forecasting system, ocean physics, continental shelf oceans, operational oceanography, storm-surge modelling, extreme events modelling/analysis
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
Tim Mazzarol business model innovation and business strategy, commercialisation of emerging technologies, innovation management, small to medium enterprise, entrepreneurship, industry clustering, strategic alliances and networks, cooperative and mutual enterprise, market research, strategic marketing and management, business ecosystems
Dianne McLean fish ecology, decommissioning marine science, stereo-video systems, remote sampling, fishery independent sampling, marine conservation, fish surveys, fish assemblage, aquaculture, anthropogenic pressures
Jessica Meeuwig marine protected areas, conservation biology, pelagic systems, fish and fisheries ecology, science outreach, marine policy
Julian Partridge vision science, ecology of vision, fish, crustaceans, underwater imaging, photoreceptors, polarisation, reflective optics, bioluminescence, deep sea, feeding black soldier fly larvae to trout and barramundi
Chari Pattiaratch 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
Andrew Pomeroy aquaculture impacts, aquaculture-environment interactions; aquaculture waste; transport of particles; sediment transport; coastal hydrodynamics: measurement and modelling of waves and currents, coastal modelling; coastal erosion and morphodynamics; coastal engineering; biophysical interactions; remote sensing in coastal environments; coral reef sediment transport; coral reef hydrodynamics; numerical modelling and computational fluid dynamics; boundary layer and canopy flow; environmental fluid dynamics
Lucy Robinson socioecology, decision analyses in environmental resource management, modelling social dynamics and processes, political science, social psychology
Ana Sequeira ecological modelling, marine conservation, species distribution models, whale sharks, temporal predictions, statistical models, Bayesian framework, model transferability, geographic information systems, aquaculture development, spatial planning
Erika Techera oceans 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
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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Marine conservation, ecology and climate change

Name Areas of expertise
Maryam Abdolahpour environmental fluid mechanics, ecohydraulics, hydrodynamics of wave and steady flows, canopy flow dynamics, sediment transport, turbulence, mixing and transport in complex systems, coastal and nearshore processes, coastal engineering
Greg Acciaioli anthropology of protected areas, contemporary social theory, development and globalisation, environment and anthropology, ethnicity and migration, history of anthropological theory, indigenity in Asia, linguistic anthropology, semiotics, Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Signapore, Burnei), visual anthropology, ethnographic film, revitalisation movements, marine protected areas, statelessness
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, impacts of climate change on Shark Bay’s dolphin population
Zachary Aman flow assurance, gas hydrates, subsea petroleum systems, multiphase flow, surfactant chemistry, interfacial thermodynamics, deepwater blowout, energy and fuels, hydrate plug formation
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
Anne Brearley invertebrate ecology, estuarine environments, community ecology, environmental education, macrofaunal grazing of seagrasses, invertebrate communities, estuarine ecosystem processes and health
Michael Burton bioeconomic modelling, choice modelling, consumer demand analysis, environmental economics, non-market valuation, agricultural economics, agricultural policy, commodity marketing, environmental policy, natural resource economics, natural resource management, sustainable resource management, wildlife management
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, seagrass response to desalination brine
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, marine ecosystem management and coastal health using seabirds as bioindicators
Julian Clifton marine 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
Peta Clode cell biology, cellular imaging, 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 wildlife, nutrient dynamics, coral physiology, nutrient competition, elemental analysis of plants
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
Simone Cosoli physical oceanography, continental shelf oceans, operational oceanography, oceanographic measurement methods, remote sensing, HF radar, ocean dynamics, integrated marine observing systems
Wayne Davies molecular evolution, gene expression, gene regulation, vision, circadian rhythms, photobiology, pigments, opsins, optogenetics, marine science, fishwater systems, aquatic neuroscience, terrestrial neuroscience, ecology, conservation, climate change, colour vision, phototransduction, non-visual sensory systems, next-generation sequencing, ion channels, functional characterisation of gene families, retinal disease, mental health, cystic fibrosis
Thomas DeCarlo coral reefs, ocean acidification, ocean warming, coral bleaching, coral calcification, paleoclimatology, acclimatisation to marine heatwaves
Juan Pablo D'Olivo Cordero coral sclerochronology, paleoceanography, coral calcification, geochemistry, boron isotopes, trace elements, climate change, ocean acidification, ocean warming, pH up-regulation, thermal stress, coral bleaching, river runoff
Matthew Fraser ecosystem ecology, molecular ecology, microbial ecology, marine management, biogeochemistry
Atakelty Hailu environmental 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
Jan Hemmi neuroscience, vision, behaviour, colour vision, sensory ecology, invertebrate and vertebrate vision, invertebrate and vertebrate behaviour, visual information processing, fiddler crab, sensory processing, sensory neurophysiology, understanding the neural basis of behaviour using anatomical, physiological, behavioural and modelling approaches
Yasha Hetzel coastal circulation, coastal mixing, estuarine processes, sea level processes, waves, storm surge, climate variability, tropical cyclones, larval dispersal and connectivity, circulation and wave modelling, remote sensing, autonomous ocean gliders, HF radar, ecosystem dynamics, dense shelf water cascades, oceanographic sampling
Sharyn Hickey spatial and temporal analysis of coastal and shallow marine environments, mangrove habitats, data capturing using sensors on drones and satellites, GIS and remote sensing, environmental, climatic, and anthropogenic drivers, blue carbon
Matt Hipsey estuarine ecohydrology, coastal eutrophication and water quality, hydrodynamic-biogeochemical modelling, nutrient and greenhouse gas biogeochemistry, aquaculture assessment, estuary management and restoration
Renae Hovey fish-habitat relationships, geographical information systems, habitat mapping, image analysis and habitat classification, marine ecology, remote sensing, seagrass, spatial ecology
Greg Ivey coastal ocean circulation, ocean turbulence, internal waves, tide and wind-driven ocean forcing, the interaction of physical and biological processes
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
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, paleoceanography, 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
Dianne McLean fish ecology, decommissioning marine science, stereo-video systems, remote sampling, fishery independent sampling, marine conservation, fish surveys, fish assemblage, aquaculture, anthropogenic pressures
Jessica Meeuwig marine protected areas, conservation biology, pelagic systems, fish and fisheries ecology, science outreach, marine policy
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
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, multi-organisation science program planning
Carolyn Oldham urban coasts and estuaries, water-sensitive cities, marine contamination, acidic surface and groundwaters, marine wrack biogeochemistry, fate and transport of marine wrack, oxygen dynamics, nutrient biogeochemistry, coastal eutrophication, urban hydrology, subterranean groundwater discharge, hydroecology, catchment hydrology, coastal and estuarine hydrodynamics
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, ecology of vision, fish, crustaceans, underwater imaging, photoreceptors, polarisation, reflective optics, bioluminescence, deep sea, feeding black soldier fly larvae to trout and barramundi
Natasha Pauli environmental 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 Prince marine 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 Rogers non-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, integrated economic assessments, benefit-cost analysis, benefit transfer, decision making
Aleksey Sadekov ocean geochemistry, palaeoceanography, climate changes, past climate, ocean-climate interactions, ENSO, ocean pollution, environmental geochemistry, isotope geochemistry, calcification of marine calcifiers, biomineralisation, palaeontology, foraminiferal taxonomy
Marie-Lise Schlappy biodiversity and human impacts, sessile benthic communities, sponges and associated microbes, small cryptic fishes and their life-history characteristics, biogeochemistry (N and S cycles), microbial processes, marine novel ecosystems, marine ecoystems restoration, ecological function of subsea man-made structures, benthic sessile communities on and around wave/tidal infrastructure and offshore wind, biodiversity of assemblages on and around oil and gas infrastructure in need of decommissioning
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
Ana Sequeira ecological modelling, marine conservation, species distribution models, whale sharks, temporal predictions, statistical models, Bayesian framework, model transferability, geographic information systems, aquaculture development, spatial planning
Elizabeth Sinclair evolutionary biology, population genetics, phylogeography, conservation, restoration, seagrass genetics, ecological restoration, molecular systematics, genetic diversity, genetic connectivity, Posidonia species, marine connectivity, seagrass restoration
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
Erika Techera oceans 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
Paul Thomson biological oceanography, marine microbial ecology, flow cytometry, deep sea biology, rigs to reef processes, marine bio-optics, ocean glider operations
Julie Trotter marine geochemistry, palaeoclimatology, environmental change
Luke Twomey marine and estuarine ecology, water and sediment quality, environmental impact assessment, development of collaborative marine science programs
Peter Veth maritime heritage, marine archaeology, evolution of maritime societies, quaternary studies in marine contexts
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 numerical modelling of shelf sea process, sediment and seagrass wrack transport, sea level extremes, particularly tsunamis and meteotsunamis
Mun Woo autonomous ocean gliders, coastal circulation, Indian Ocean hydrography, oceanographic software development, ocean data quality analysis and quality control, physical oceanography, shelf processes, numerical simulation of coastal currents, Leeuwin Current, Ningaloo Current, Capes Current, current mapping, dense shelf water cascades
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

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Maritime security, safety and defence

Name Areas of expertise
Pru Ayling defence
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
Lifen Chen extreme wave conditions, survivability of ocean and coastal structures, greenwater
Simone Cosoli physical oceanography, continental shelf oceans, operational oceanography, oceanographic measurement methods, remote sensing, HF radar, ocean dynamics, integrated marine observing systems
Andrew Grime structural engineering, fixed offshore structures, floating offshore structures, risers systems, moorings systems, offshore engineering, reliability and statistics, extreme responses, hydrodynamics, numerical modelling
Jeff Hansen coastal and nearshore processes, numerical modelling of waves and currents, coastal morphodynamics, coastal response to climate change, marine renewable energy, ocean observing
Ivica Janekovic ocean numerical modelling, data assimilation techniques, atmosphere-ocean coupled models, operational coastal forecasting system, ocean physics, continental shelf oceans, operational oceanography, storm-surge modelling, extreme events modelling/analysis
Mehrdad Kimiaei offshore engineering, structural integrity management of fixed and floating platforms, fluid-soil-structure interaction, extreme response and fatigue design of riser and mooring systems, response-based analysis and reliability of marine structures, subsea and deepwater engineering, condition monitoring, composite materials, rehabilitation of aged marine structures, advanced numerical modelling, seismic response analysis
Jade Lindley transnational organised crimes, illegal fishing, maritime piracy, international law, regulation
Tim Mazzarol business model innovation and business strategy, commercialisation of emerging technologies, innovation management, small to medium enterprise, entrepreneurship, industry clustering, strategic alliances and networks, cooperative and mutual enterprise, market research, strategic marketing and management, business ecosystems
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
Matthew Rayson physical oceanography, environmental fluid dynamics, hydrodynamic modelling, ocean dynamics, transport pathways, ocean variability, near-shore environment, numerical modelling, tropical cyclones
Erika Techera oceans 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
FeiFei Tong fluid dynamics, fluid mechanics, offshore hydrodynamics, computational fluid mechanics, bluff body flow, vortex flow, vortex shedding, flow interference, boundary layer flow, pipeline engineering, hydrology, water resources, hydraulics, fluid-structure interaction, vortex-induced vibration, nearshore waves, wave-induced currents
Sarath Wijeratne numerical modelling of shelf sea process, sediment and seagrass wrack transport, sea level extremes particularly tsunamis and meteotsunamis
Wenhua Zhao offshore engineering, wave-structure interactions, hydrodynamics, mooring systems, fluid mechanics, ship motions, ocean waves, numerical modelling, physical modelling, data analysis, subsea structures, floating systems

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