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Professor Tim Colmer, BSc. Agric. 1A Hons (1990), UWA; PhD in Plant Biology (1994), UC Davis
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
The University of Western Australia

Professor Tim Colmer is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and has responsibility for research policy development and leadership of the University’s research activities, postgraduate education, industry liaison, intellectual property and commercialisation.

Professor Colmer is a plant physiologist and enjoys working across various academic disciplines to support research at UWA, including research infrastructure initiatives. His substantive position is as a Teaching and Research academic in the School of Agriculture and Environment, the Faculty of Science. His contributions to coursework teaching have been recognised by two national awards. He has supervised 35 PhD students to completion.

His research is on abiotic stress tolerance (salinity, flooding, and drought) in grain crops, forages, turfgrass and halophytes. He has long-standing collaborations with key scientists in various countries (e.g. Argentina, Denmark, England, India and Japan) and success in winning competitive grants, publishing in well-ranked journals, and engaging with industry. He has a strong service record (e.g. degree coordinator; postgraduate coordinator; editor of scientific journals; organising conferences/workshops; President of Australian Society of Plant Scientists); Associate Dean for Teaching & Learning; Head of School; Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research)).

Professor Colmer is a Board member of the Integrated Marine Observing System, International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, Microscopy Australia and the Population Health Research Network.

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