Oceans Institute Celebrates Researchers on Highly Cited 2021 List

26/11/2021 | 2 mins

The University of Western Australia’s Oceans Institute congratulates OI member Professor Thomas Wernberg, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow Shaun Wilson and Adjunct Professor Carlos Duarte for their inclusion on the annual Highly Cited Researchers 2021 list.

Prof. Wernberg’s primary research interests lie in the ecological interactions in and around shallow sub-tidal habitats. His research provides predictions on how coastal habitats will respond to stressors like climate change, invasive species and eutrophication.



“We have seen devastating impacts of marine heatwaves on our kelp forests, seagrass meadows and coral reefs, and this has affected the ecological, economic and cultural benefits Australian’s derive from the oceans,”Professor Wernberg


Dr Wilson’s research interests revolve around ecological studies on marine systems, particularly coral reefs. His research focuses is on how environmental disturbances and pressures influence marine systems, associated communities, processes, and ecosystem services.

Prof. Duarte’s research works to understand the effects of global change in aquatic ecosystems, both marine and freshwater. His research is characterized by versatility addressing marine ecosystems ranging from the tropics to poles.

The highly anticipated annual list identifies researchers who demonstrated significant influence in their chosen field through the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade.

Names are drawn from the publications that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and publication year in the Web of Science citation index.

This index determines the “who’s who” of influential researchers draws on the data and analysis performed by bibliometric experts and data scientists at the Institute for Scientific Information at Clarivate. It also identifies the countries and research institutions where these citation elite are based.

In 2021, Australia has overtaken Germany at fourth place with 332 researchers.

The full 2021 Highly Cited Researchers list and executive summary can be found online here.



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