Marco Ghisalberti

Dr, BSc BE W.Aust., MS PhD MIT.

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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile

Research interests

My field of research is environmental fluid mechanics. My focus is on flow, turbulence, transport and biophysical coupling in critically-important ecosystems, such as seagrass meadows, coral reefs, kelp forests, island wakes and permeable sediments.

Current projects

1. ARC Discovery, 2020-22, “Advancing predictions of ecosystem-based coastal flood defence”, DP200101545, Chief Investigator.

2. Water Corporation of Western Australia, 2020-21, “Improving drain water level maintenance strategies: Optimizing hydraulic performance, nutrient attenuation, macrophyte planting and amenity”, CRC for Water Sensitive Cities.

3. ARC Discovery, 2017-19, “Redefining sediment transport predictions in benthic ecosystems”, DP170100802, Chief Investigator.


2019- : Senior Lecturer, Oceans Graduate School and School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Engineering, UWA

2016-18: Senior Lecturer, Department of Infrastructure Engineering, University of Melbourne  

2014: Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, MIT, USA

2005-15: Postdoctoral Fellow (Level A), Lecturer (Level B), Senior Lecturer (Level C), School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Engineering, UWA

Ph.D., Environmental Fluid Mechanics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005.   

Roles and responsibilities

Degree management

2019-: Program chair, Master of Ocean Leadership, UWA 

2015-18: Program chair, Master of Engineering (Environmental), UoM

2017-18: Program chair, Master of Environmental Engineering, UoM

2010-11: Foundation Curriculum Development Team (for New Courses 2012), Faculty of Engineering, Computing & Mathematics, UWA

Education leadership

2020: University Teaching and Learning Committee, UWA

2019-: Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Education Committee, UWA

2015-18: Department of Infrastructure Engineering Education Committee, UoM

2009-12: Faculty Undergraduate Teaching and Learning Committee, Faculty of Engineering, Computing & Mathematics, UWA

Laboratory management

2006-15, 2019-: Manager of Hydraulics Teaching Laboratory and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, UWA (2006-2015, 2019-)

2016-18: Manager of Sexton Ecohydraulics Laboratory, Department of Infrastructure Engineering, UoM

2016-18: Chair, Infrastructure Engineering Laboratory Committee, UoM

Research expertise keywords

  • Environmental fluid mechanics
  • Environmental hydraulics
  • Environmental transport processes
  • Flow at the sediment–water interface
  • Canopy flow
  • Nature-based solutions
  • Turbulence and mixing in aquatic systems
  • Vegetated flows
  • Particle dynamics

Industry keywords

  • Environmental
  • Oceans


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