Professor Gary Kendrick

Started at UWA: 1998


We need to take action to enhance marine coastal ecosystem resilience at appropriate spatial and temporal scales under global anthropogenic change. Professor Gary Kendrick

Gary Kendrick is a research and teaching Professor at The Oceans Institute and Head of Biological Sciences, the University of Western Australia. Professor Gary Kendrick’s long-term research goal is to develop a predictive framework for understanding the spatial and temporal dynamics between marine species distributions, their biology and the physical environment.

Gary Kendrick’s research has contributed to the fundamental ecological understanding of reef and seagrass habitats in temperate Western Australia, a globally unique region, but his research is not restricted to this one area. Gary’s Research has been in Australia (mostly in Shark Bay), Spain, Canda, UWA, SE Asia, Ecuador and Brazil.


He is passionate about working with diverse regional and indigenous communities to address impacts of global environmental change at the local scale.

"I work at UWA because I like being surrounded by highly inquisitive, creative and talented individuals being given the space to create the future for humanity."

 External position:
  • Programme External Assessor for Bachelor of Environmental Studies and Bachelor of Geography for the Universiti Malaya, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia


Teaching and supervisor opportunities


Gary is currently teaching the following units:

Gary has successfully supervised 37 PhD, 2 MSc and 26 Honours students to completion. "Two of my PhD students received UWA distinctions for their thesis. I find the role of supervisor very rewarding, and my continued collaboration with my graduated PhD students a major stimulus for my own research."

Previous topics he has supervised include:

  • Understanding the role of upper-shelf reefs in coastal ecology: can they act as refugia for shallow marine sessile communities in an extreme climatic event?
  • Social-ecological considerations for fishery improvement projects in the developing world: insights from case studies in Central America and the Caribbean.
  • The seagrass rhizosphere. Understanding the bottom to manage the top.
  • Unexplored aspects of the biotic filter to seedling recruitment in aquatic environments.
  • Ningaloo mesophotic reefs: characterising the communities and assessing connectivity, encompassing AUV technology.
  • Phosphorus biogeochemistry of Shark Bay.
  • The role of ocean dynamics on seagrass seed dispersal and recruitment in Western Australia.

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