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I am an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the School of Plant Biology, based within the UWA’s Oceans Institute.
My research covers a broad spectrum of topics, but my primary interests lie in the ecological interactions in and around shallow sub-tidal habitats. Although my interests are broad, and the principles I study general, much of my work has focused on temperate seaweed-dominated habitats such as kelp forests.
My research provides understanding of how coastal habitats might respond to stressors such as climate change, invasive species and eutrophication. By working across sub-cellular to macro-ecological scales and connecting fields such as physiology, ecology and biogeography, my research has contributed to an integrated understanding of the complex processes that drive the ecology of near-shore marine environments.
I am a Senior Lecturer in Agricultural and Resource Economics, at the University of Western Australia's School of Agriculture and Environment.
I am an environmental economist. My research focuses on social preferences (using non-market valuation) for (i) climate change mitigation and environmental management in agriculture; and (ii) ecosystem restoration and mine site rehabilitation. I teach a number of undergraduate and postgraduate units in environmental economics and modelling, and am on the supervisory panel of about 8 PhD students.
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Shelley Gorman graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Science (Hons, 1999) and Doctor of Philosophy in 2004. She is an Associate Principal Investigator at the Telethon Kids Institute working in Photobiology, Obesity Biology, Dermatology and Immunology. She is an expert in the effects of sun exposure and vitamin D on heath, particularly in establishing physiologically relevant animal disease models. Her research focuses upon mechanisms by which ultraviolet radiation (UVR) modulates metabolic dysfunction, inflammation, and immunity and determines how sunlight modifies the processess that promote or suppress disease. This will improve our understanding of fundamental biological processes, which will help health policy makers and providers give better-informed sun exposure advice. Findings from her studies have provided fundamental evidence for many of the ongoing clinical trials that test whether vitamin D supplementation can intervene in the progression of autoimmune and allergic disease. Gorman’s research will also help determine how low dose sun exposure or induced mediators could be used to treat obesity, metabolic syndrome and inflammatory skin diseases.
Gorman has led projects examining the effects of UVR and vitamin D on disease pathogenesis (41 publications). As a CIA, she has acquired >$900,000 in funding, a further $1.2M as a CI. She has had NHMRC grant success (CIB, APP572660, 2009-2012) and is currently a CIC (APP1042235, 2013-2015). She is often invited to present her work (23 occasions), and to review articles submitted to >25 specialty high-quality journals (eg. 2 x J Clin Endocrin Metab in 2014), project grants and early-career fellowships for the NHMRC and other Australasian research agencies. Gorman coordinates all experimental aspects her research program; she supervises research personnel (both students and employed researchers), plans and writes grant proposals and papers, designs and performs experiments, manages data and performs data analyses. She has supervised 3 high-achieving Honours students (all 1st class), 5 research assistants (3 have undertaken further research training) and 2 PhD students. She is currently primary supervisor for 2 Honours students and a Medical Doctorate student. With two stints of maternity leave and part-time work, she is the equivalent of ≤8 years post-PhD).
Arcady Dyskin is a Winthrop Professor at School of Civil and Resource Engineering. Arcady graduated in 1975 from Moscow Oil & Gas Institute and in 1980 from Moscow State University. In 1986 he has obtained PhD in Mechanics of Solids from The Institute for Problems in Mechanics, USSR Academy of Sciences. In 1991 he joined the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Western Australia. His areas of expertise include topological interlocking, rock mechanics, fracture mechanics and the mechanics of solids.
Prof. Paul Abbott is the Winthrop Professor of Clinical Dentistry at The University of Western Australia. He is a Specialist Endodontist and works in private practice on a part-time basis. Prior to taking a full-time University position in 2002, he spent 17 years in private specialist practice in Perth and Melbourne. He was Head of the School of Dentistry at The University of Western Australia and Director of the Oral Health Centre of WA from 2003-2009. He has lectured extensively in 42 countries, has published 148 articles in refereed journals and 21 textbook chapters. In 2015, he was appointed as Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Dental Traumatology. He has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching and for service to the dental profession, particularly in education.
I am an evolutionary biologist fascinated by behavioral ecology and sexual selection, and my research has mostly focused on insects and arachnids. More recently, I developed a great interest on the evolution of alternative reproductive tactics, male dimorphism and the evolution of phenotypic plasticity.