The UWA Oceans Institute farewelled its Director, Professor Carlos Duarte, on his departure from the University, following four years of exemplary service.
Professor Duarte commenced at UWA as Oceans Institute Director in March 2011 and his visionary approach to seeking ocean solutions to address humanity’s grand challenges has been paramount to advancing the reputation and contribution of the Institute, locally and worldwide.
Developing a foundation for co-operative, multi-disciplinary marine research, Professor Duarte launched a range of collaborative program and outreach initiatives at the Institute, while driving international and national partnerships, most notably, the Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre partnership with AIMS, CSIRO and the WA Department of Fisheries.
This year, Professor Duarte was named one of the world’s most influential scientists by Thompson Reuters, a sentiment echoed by the University.
“It has been a privilege to work with Professor Duarte during his time at UWA. His enthusiasm and commitment to marine research and collaboration with his colleagues has been fundamental in enhancing the success and reputation of the UWA Oceans Institute and he will be missed across the University.” Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) Professor Robyn Owens said.
Professor Duarte is confident the vision of the UWA Oceans Institute will continue to advance through its commitment to world-leading marine research, collaborative focus and strong leadership.
We wish Carlos and his wife, Professor Susanna Agusti well in their next chapter, as world leaders in marine research.
Professor Duarte will maintain a position as Adjunct Professor with UWA.
Professor Shaun Collin appointed new Director
Moving forward, in 2015, the UWA Oceans Institute is pleased to announce that Deputy Director Professor Shaun Collin has been appointed as the Acting Director for the Institute from the 11th January 2015.
Professor Collin heads The Neuroecology Group at the University and is a world leader in comparative neurobiology and its links with ecology. His research investigates the sensory systems of a range of deep-sea and shallow reef vertebrate species in the context of evolution, development and plasticity, concentrating on the influences of environmental cues such as light, odours, sound, hydrodynamic disturbances and weak electric fields.
Professor Collin will continue to pursue the Institute’s vision and build on its success in the year ahead.
“I look forward to working more closely with our members, adjuncts, postdocs and students during this transition as we seek new opportunities and face challenges in the year ahead.” Professor Collin said.
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