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Western Australian Fellowships

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The Western Australian Fellowship Program is managed by the Western Australian government Office of Science. This science funding program attracts internationally prominent researchers from interstate or overseas to Western Australia.

Fellows build and lead world-class research teams in the State and contribute to the development of the State’s science capability and capacity.

The Fellows have delivered a range of economic, environmental and social benefits for the State.

UWA's Current Fellows

There are currently three Fellows undertaking Western Australian Fellowships, two at UWA:

2014 Inductee

Professor Mark Jessell

Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)

Professor Mark Jessell, a structural geophysicist, commenced his Fellowship in October 2013. He is advancing 3D modelling of Western Australia’s geology, enabling more efficient mineral exploration.

Professor Jessell relocated from France to take up a position at The University of Western Australia’s Centre for Exploration Targeting.

2013 Inductee

Professor Andrew Whiteley

School of Earth and Environment

Professor Andrew Whiteley, a microbial ecologist and soil scientist, commenced his Fellowship in November 2012. He is investigating new approaches for environmental rehabilitation, particularly for mine sites.

Professor Whiteley relocated from the United Kingdom to take up a position at The University of Western Australia’s School of Earth and Environment.


Recent UWA Fellows

In addition to the current Fellows, nine Fellowships have been supported since the establishment of the Program in October 2003, six of them at UWA:

Professor Shaun Collin


Sensory Systems of Vertebrates

Professor Malcolm McCulloch


Coral Reefs

Professor Peter Quinn


Radio Astronomy

Professor Klaus Regenaur-Lieb


Geology

Professor Ian Small


Plant Molecular Biology

Professor Lister Staveley-Smith


Radio Astronomy

 

From the molecular to the universal, these six internationally respected scientists are playing key roles in addressing major issues.

The Government has chosen these six Premier's Fellows to build and sustain internationally competitive research teams at UWA for the benefit of the State and the international community.

Professor Lister Staveley-Smith
Professor Lister Staveley-Smith

Radio Astronomy

Professor Staveley-Smith is exploring the formation and evolution of galaxies and the dark matter/energy content of the universe using world-class radio telescopes. He is leading a team of researchers at UWA to pave the way for the SKA Pathfinder telescope (ASKAP) to be built in the Murchison.

Professor Ian Small
Professor Ian Small

Molecular Biologist

Professor Small is identifying the mechanisms by which subcellular energy metabolism is co-ordinated with plant growth and development. The work involves both biological experimentation in the lab and computer modelling of energy biology systems. This knowledge contributes to resources and knowledge for improving plant performance, particularly in response to a changing climate.

Professor Klaus Regenauer-Lieb
Professor Regenauer-Lieb

Geophysicist

Professor Regenauer-Lieb is at the forefront of the field of mathematical geophysics and computational dynamics, which holds the key to finding where and how to look for new mineral sources. Combining geology with geodynamics, he is looking back four billion years to understand where the Earth’s deposits of various valuable minerals or geothermal sources were formed.

Professor Peter Quinn
Professor Peter Quinn

Radio Astronomy

Professor Quinn’s research focuses on the formation and evolution of galaxies and on developing a virtual observatory using large digital, astronomical archives. His aim is to develop a useable theory of galaxy formation based on the insights gained from detailed supercomputer modelling and simulations, and on state-of-the-science observations.

Professor Malcolm McCulloch
Professor Malcolm McCulloch

Marine Geochemist 

Professor McCulloch is working on applying isotopic and trace element geochemical methods to better understand the impacts of climatic and anthropogenic processes on the Earth’s environment. Much of his work involves research on the impacts of climate and environmental changes on living coral reefs.

Professor Shaun Collin
Professor Shaun Collin

Eco-neurophysiologist 

Professor Collin’s research uses models from the surviving relatives of the first vertebrates, and other creatures, to establish broad concepts of plasticity and adaption to environments as diverse as coral reefs and the deep sea. His work involves an expanding breadth of species and is helping improve the diet and growth of finfish for Australia’s important aquaculture industry.

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