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Professor Eric Wolanski

Senior Water Quality Scientist 
Catchment to Reef Processes, TropWATER

    Adjunct Professor, School of Marine and Tropical Biology, James Cook University.


    Phone: + 61 7 4781 4062

    Research interests

    Dr. Eric Wolanski, PhD, DSc, FTSE, FIE Aust, is an oceanographer and an ecohydrologist. Eric’s research focuses on the oceanography and fine sediment dynamics of estuaries and coastal waters as well as the water circulation in topographically complex systems such as the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait. Eric also models the ecosystem health of turbid estuaries and coastal waters, as well as coral reefs, by incorporating in the models the interaction between physical and biological processes. The ecohydrology models that have resulted have been applied to assess the human impact on the ecosystem health of estuaries, coastal and lagoon waters of Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, Hawaii, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, Portugal, and Micronesia, and on coral cover and reef fish in the Great Barrier Reef and Micronesia. Eric has also developed for Tanzania National Parks ecohydrology models of the Serengeti and Ruaha-Usangu to quantify the impact of water resources management on the health of these savannah ecosystems.

    Recent achievements

    Eric has produced 370 publications, including eight books. He is the chief editor of the 12-Volume 2012 Elsevier Treatise on Estuarine and Coastal Science.

    Citation Indices

    AllSince 2010
    Citations 11332 5075
    h-index 60 34
    i10-index 191 127


    Eric Wolanski has a very active international scientific collaboration, listed in this brief, that helps project TropWATER-JCU brand internationally.

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    He has recently published the book 'Estuaries of Australia in 2050 and Beyond'. Read the ECSA review of this book here and an interview and review in the Townsville Eye magazine here. He is writing now the 2nd edition of his 2007 Elsevier book “Estuarine Ecohydrology” to be co-authored by Mike Elliott of the University of Hull.






    Professional awards and activities

    Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
    Fellow, Institution of Engineers, Australia (ret.)
    Fellow, Academie Royale Belge des Sciences d'Outre-Mer, Belgium
    LifeTime Achievement Award, Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association
      Recipient, Australian Centenary Medal
      Doctor Honoris Causa, Catholic University of Louvain
      EU Erasmus Mundus Scholar in ecohydrology, 2006, 2010 and 2012.
      Chief Editor, Wetlands Ecology and Management
      Chief Editor, Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science
      Chief Editor, Treatise on Estuarine and Coastal Science
      Theme Editor, UNESCO Encyclopedia of Life Supporting Systems
      Editorial Board, Journal of Marine Systems, Journal of Coastal Research, Ecohydrology and Hydrobiology
      Member, Scientific and Policy Committee of EMECS
      Member, Scientific Steering Committee of LOICZ
      Member, Australian Research Council College of Experts


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