Researcher Profiles

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Dr Alexandra Whittaker

Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Sciences

Alexandra Whittaker is a veterinary scientist and physiologist who has a research focus on gastrointestinal inflammatory conditions and their effects on emotion and cognitive processing. She also has significant research expertise in applied animal behaviour. She is a member of the Digestive Health Research Group led by Prof. Gordon Howarth and also leads a small independent research group which focusses on developing and refining novel methods of animal behavioural assessment.

Dr Ryan Whitford

Hybrid Wheat Program Leader
Faculty of Sciences

Ryan is a plant molecular biologist who's research interests are in floral developmental biology and the underlying molecular mechanisms behind plant responses to abiotic stress. He has previously worked on projects ranging from meiosis to extracellular peptide-based signalling in Arabidopsis and cereals.

Associate Professor Sarah Wheeler

Associate Professor
Faculty of the Professions

Sarah is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Associate Director of Research with the Centre for Global Food and Resources at the University of Adelaide. She graduated with her PhD in 2007, and has over 100 peer-reviewed publications in the research areas of irrigated farming, organic farming, water markets, water scarcity, crime and gambling.

Dr Laura Weyrich

ARC Postdoctoral Research Associate
Faculty of Sciences

My research aims to reconstruct the human microbiome in the past using ancient DNA techniques. We are actively reconstructing oral microbial communities from ancient humans on six continents over the past 20,000 years. Our goal is to describe how and why microbial communities in the human body adapt and change in response to alterations in lifestyle, diet, and environment.

Associate Professor Seth Westra

Associate Professor
Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Seth is an academic and chartered professional engineer with 13 years of postgraduate experience across academia and industry. Areas of expertise include extreme rainfall and flood risk estimation, hydrological modelling, water resources planning and management, and climate change impact assessments.

Dr Matthew Welsh

Research Fellow
Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Dr Matthew Welsh is a psychological scientist specialising in decision making . In his role at the Australian School of Petroleum, he researches how people's decision-making tendencies impact the choices they make and the economic flow-on effects of this for industries like oil and gas, which depend on expert judgement and estimation to reduce uncertainty.

As part of this research, he works with oil companies, helping them to identify psychological biases in personnel and processes and developing training regimes and decision support tools to limit or eliminate those biases.

Professor Philip Weinstein

Professorial Research Fellow
Faculty of Sciences

Professor Philip Weinstein is a Research Fellow in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Adelaide. Prior to his current appointment he was Head of School in the School of Biological Sciences. He holds dual qualifications in ecology (PhD) and public health medicine (MBBS, FAFPHM).