Dr Julian Partridge

Associate Professor

  • The University of Western Australia (M470), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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A marine biologist with internationally recognised expertise in animal sensory systems and deep-sea biology. Over 30 years of research and teaching experience at world-leading universities in the UK and Australia, with research having a consistent focus on links between engineering and biology. Experienced in multidisciplinary science, science communication, and business development and, via memberships of WA and National marine committees, influencing the direction of State and Australian marine research.  As former Director of the Oceans Insitute (until 30 Sept 2022) I have been focussed on aligning the OI’s strategic development with the needs of the UWA and the ambitions of the OI members to promote the development of the University's marine research via clearly identified objectives, ulitimately to enhance UWA’s marine research capacity and capabilities. Now retired, I remain an active OI Adjunct Senior Research Fellow and Fellow of the UWA Public Policy Institute.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Zoology, PhD, Microspectrophotometry of Vertebrate Photoreceptors, University of Bristol

Award Date: 1 Sept 1986

Zoology, BSc, Zoology, University of Bristol

Award Date: 1 Jul 1982

External positions

Go8 Sustainability and Research Capability Working Group, OI/UWA Rep.

15 Aug 202230 Sept 2022

Chair, Minderoo-UWA Deep-Sea Research Centre Advisory Board

15 Jan 202130 Sept 2022

Minderoo OceanOmics Centre at UWA Advisory Board, OI Rep

15 Jan 202130 Sept 2022

Chair, AIMS@UWA Steering Committee

15 Jan 202130 Sept 2022

Go8 Ocean Summit Committee, OI Rep

15 Jan 202130 Sept 2022

WAMSI Partner rep for UWA

15 Jun 202030 Sept 2022

Executive Committee, Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre

15 Jun 202030 Sept 2022

Executive Membership, National Marine Science Committee

15 Jun 202030 Sept 2022

IMOS Operator Rep for UWA

15 Jun 202030 Sept 2022

Blue Economy CRC Partner Rep for UWA

15 Jun 202030 Sept 2022

Chair and Research Committee Member, Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre


Industry keywords

  • Oceans
  • Environmental
  • Communications
  • Education

Research expertise keywords

  • Marine biology
  • Sensory ecology
  • Deep sea biology
  • Vision


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