The University of Western Australia's reputation as a world leader in research has been boosted by the appointment of an internationally recognised expert in river ecology as Pro Vice- Chancellor (Research).
UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Johnson said Winthrop Professor Peter Davies, who has been acting in the position since September last year, would work with Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Robyn Owens to enhance the University's standing as a world-class research institution.
"Professor Davies has a strong record of excellence in research and is recognised as a leading international scholar in the field of freshwater ecology," Professor Johnson said.
"He has also been very successful in winning several major project grants at UWA, including a large ARC Linkage Grant in 2012. His record of significant and successful leadership, research, management and a thorough knowledge of the key issues facing our University will bring new opportunities for the University."
A UWA graduate (Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in Zoology and PhD), Professor Davies worked as a research officer at UWA before completing his PhD in 1993.
Professor Davies served 10 years as UWA Professor and Foundation Director of the Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management based in Albany before taking on the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) role.