A world-class marine biologist will lead research into ocean conservation in the Indian Ocean region following his professorial appointment at The University of Western Australia.
Dr Dirk Zeller, Senior Scientist and Executive Director of Sea Around Us at the University of British Columbia, has been appointed UWA Professor of Marine Conservation, a new position through the School for Biological Sciences and UWA Oceans Institute.
The Sea Around Us is a research initiative that assesses the impact of fisheries on the world’s marine ecosystems.
Dr Zeller’s appointment supports the establishment of Sea Around Us – Indian Ocean node at UWA. He joins a growing group of UWA marine and ocean scientists focusing on the Indian Ocean.
Establishment of a Sea Around Us – Indian Ocean node at UWA reflects the importance of this region to global ocean conservation. Indian Ocean Rim nations are home to approximately 30 per cent of the world’s population with many of their citizens highly dependent on the ocean for their livelihoods and wellbeing.
An Indian Ocean node of Sea Around Us at UWA harnesses Australia’s commitment to the region and UWA’s excellence in marine research.
UWA’s Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) Professor Robyn Owens said Dr Zeller’s appointment strengthened UWA’s partnership with the University of British Columbia.
“This role will create exciting opportunities for global collaboration, exchange, training and capacity-building between our two universities,” Professor Owens said.
Director of Sea Around Us Professor Daniel Pauly, said marine conservation issues within the Indian Ocean were often poorly understood.
“The new node elevates fisheries and marine conservation issues and expands and enhances Sea Around Us activities globally,” Professor Pauly said.
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