Prof. Eric Wolanski, TropWATER and College of Marine and Environmental Sciences, James Cook University, Australia

Professor Eric Wolanski is an estuarine/coastal oceanographer and an ecohydrologist at James Cook University, Australia, and a Visiting Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. His research focuses on the interaction between physical and biological processes determining ecosystem health in estuaries, coastal wetlands, and coral reefs, and on the ecohydrology of African savannah ecosystems. He has 390 publications including the books “Oceanographic processes of coral reefs: Physical and biological links in the Great Barrier Reef”, “The environment in Asia Pacific harbours”, “Coastal Wetlands. An integrated ecosystem approach”, “Estuaries of Australia in 2050 and beyond”, and “Estuarine Ecohydrology. An Introduction”.  Eric is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Institution of Engineers Australia (ret.), and l’Académie Royale des Sciences d’Outre-Mer (Belgium). He was awarded an Australian Centenary medal, a Doctorate Honoris Causa by the catholic University of Louvain, and a Lifetime Achievement Award by ECSA. Eric is an Editor-in-Chief of Wetlands Ecology and Management and the Treatise on Estuarine and Coastal Science and the Honorary Editor of Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. He is a member of the ARC College of Experts, ACSRF, and of the Scientific and Policy Committee of EMECS. Eric presently mentors a postdoc from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 6 PhD students (3 in Australia, 1 in Tanzania, 1 in The Netherlands and 1 in Belgium), and 2 mechanical engineering students.