Prof. Dr. Eric Wolanski


Eric is an estuarine oceanographer and ecohydrologist at James Cook University and the Australian Institute of Marine Science.

His research interests range from the oceanography of coral reefs, mangroves, and muddy estuaries, to the interaction between physical and biological processes determining ecosystem health in tropical waters.  He has 410 publications, including 12 books, scientific papers and technical reports.

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. He was awarded a Doctorate Honoris Causa by the catholic University of Louvain, another Doctorate Honoris Causa by the University of Hull, and a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Estuarine & Coastal Sciences Association.

Eric is an Editor-in-Chief of Wetlands Ecology and Management, Treatise on Estuarine and Coastal Science, the Honorary Editor of Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, and he is a member of the editorial board of 4 other journals. He is also a member of the Scientific and Policy Committee of Japan’s EMECS and of the European Union DANUBIUS-PP Scientific and Technical Advisory Board.

"I aim to promote collaborative research in linking physics and biology in estuarine and coastal waters."

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Which themes and hotspots of Future Earth Coasts are you addressing with your work?

Themes: Dynamic Coasts

Hotspots: Small islands, Urbanization in coastal zones, River-Mouth Systems, Deltas and Estuaries