JCU academic receives a Doctorate of Science Honoris Causa

@JCU JCU academic receives a Doctorate of Science Honoris Causa

Professor Eric Wolanski will receive a great scientific honour, being awarded a Doctorate of Science honoris causa from the University of Hull, in the United Kingdom on January 20, 2017.

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Professor Wolanski (pictured) is a Principal Research Officer in JCU's Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research

The ceremony will take place in the City Hall during the graduation ceremonies for the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Science and Engineering.


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. 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.