About

Dr. Eric Wolanski is a coastal oceanographer and ecohydrologist. He has 395 publications, including the two recent books:

  • E. Wolanski (2014). Estuaries of Australia in 2050 and Beyond. Springer, Dordrecht, 292 pp.
  • E. Wolanski & M. Elliott (2015). Estuarine Ecohydrology - An Introduction. Elsevier, Amsterdam, 310 pp.

He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Institution of Engineers Australia (ret.), and l'Academie Royale des Sciences d'Outre-Mer (Belgium). He was awarded an Australian Centenary medal for services in estuarine and coastal oceanography, a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, a 2nd Doctorate Honoris Causa by the University of Hull in the UK, a Queensland Information Technology and Telecommunication award for excellence, and the first LifeTime Achievement Award of the Estuarine & Coastal Science Association (ECSA).

Eric is a member of the Scientific and Policy Committee of Japan's EMECS (Environmental Management of Enclosed Seas, focusing on the Seto Inland Sea) and of the European Union DANUBIUS-PP Scientific and Technical Advisory Board (STAB; see www.danubius-ri.euhttp://danubius-pp.eu), which will be a pan-European distributed research infrastructure dedicated to interdisciplinary studies of large river–sea systems throughout Europe.

Eric is the Honourary Editor of  Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, a Chief Editor of Wetlands Ecology and Management and the Treatise on Estuarine and Coastal Science, and a member of the editorial board of ember of the editorial board of "Journal of Marine Systems", "Journal of Coastal Research",”Continental Shelf Research” and “Ecohydrology & Hydrobiology”

Since 1994 he has been running yearly ecohydrology field training workshops with ecologists of the Tanzania National Parks Authority, in Serengeti, Katavi, Arusha, Nkomazi, Ruaha, Tarangire and Saadani National Parks, which are all either suffering or threatend by a water crisis.

Citation indices:

  • Citations: 16177 (7566 since 2012);
  • h-index: 68 (41 since 2012)
  • i10-index: 223 (154 since 2011)
Interests
Research
  • estuarine, coastal and reef oceanography: field data collection and modelling the systems. Quantifying and modeling the physics-biology links enabling the self-recruitment and the connectivity of estuarine and marine fauna and flora (jellyfish, coral and fish, prawns, mangroves, seagrass, marine turtles,..)
  • modeling the environmental impact of dams, mine tailings, dredging, dredge spoil dumping, heavy metals and land-clearing in estuarine and coastal waters including mangroves, seagrass and reefs; studying through field work and modeling the spread of the Fly River plume in the Gulf of Papua and Torres Strait.
  • modeling lagoon, estuarine, coastal, mangrove and reef ecosystems. Applications to eutrophication in the Guadiana Estuary (Portugal) and Darwin Harbour (Australia), coral reef management in Maunalua Bay (Hawaii) ,fisheries in Chilika Lagoon (India) and Laizhou Bay (China)
  • modeling cohesive sediment (mud) dynamics in estuarine and coastal waters
  • modelling the transport and fate of macro- and micro-plastics in coastal waters; modeling the recruitment, connectivity and biophysics of fish larvae, juvenile jellyfish, coral larvae, coral fish larvae green and flatback turtle hatchlings, copepods, and temperate estuarine fish larvae. Modelling the self-seeding and connectivity within Micronesia for grouper fish.
  • modeling tropical savannah ecohydrology and applications to Serengeti, Ruaha, Katavi, Saadani and Tarangire National Parks in Tanzania. Collaboration with Tanzania National Parks.
  • modelling the nutrient budget for turbid estuaries (with applications to the Guadiana, Hooghly, Chilika lagoon and the Yangtze estuaries and others).
  • modeling the water circulation in the topographically complex Great Barrier Reef, Torres Strait, and the Bohai Strait. Modelling the over-heating of the northern GBR and Torres Strait during the 2016 bleaching event.
Experience
  • 2008 to 2017 - Adjunct Professor, JCU (Townsville)
  • 1978 to 2007 - Lead Research Scientist, AIMS (Townsville)
  • 1976 to 1978 - Hydrologist, SMEC (Cooma, NSW)
  • 1974 to 1976 - Hydrologist, NSW State Pollution Control Commission (Sydney)
Research Disciplines
Honours
Awards
  • Australian Centenary medal for services in estuarine and coastal oceanography, Australia.
  • Doctorate Honoris Causa from the catholic University of Louvain, Belgium
  • Queensland Information Technology and Telecommunication award for excellence, Australia.
  • Doctorate Honoris Causa, University of Hull, UK.
  • First LifeTime Achievement Award of the Estuarine & Coastal Science Association (ECSA)
Fellowships
  • The Institution of Engineers Australia (ret.)
  • Académie Royale des Sciences d'Outre-Mer (Belgium).
  • Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Australia.
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  • Improving our understanding of the population dynamics of cubozoans jellyfishes with biophysical modelling. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Impacts and Risk of the Microplastic portion of Marine Debris to Marine Organisms. (PhD , External Advisor)
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