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Winthrop Professor/WA Premier's Research Fellow, School of Biological Sciences and the Oceans Institute, The University of Western Australia

Professor Shaun Collin is a world leader in comparative neurobiology and vision. He has a BSc (Hons) and a MSc from The University of Melbourne and a PhD from The University of Queensland.

Shaun is a Winthrop Professor at The University of Western Australia and a Western Australian Premier’s Research Fellow. His research centres around using a range of vertebrate models to investigate their sensory systems (vision, olfaction, audition and electroreception) in the context of evolution, development and plasticity. Shaun heads the Neuroecology Group) dedicated to investigating the neural basis of behavior in a range of vertebrates with a particular focus on sharks. His research on light detection and its impact on biodiversity and health in WA concentrates on a range of aquatic animals from shallow water reef ecosystems to the deep-sea.

He has held many of the world’s most prestigious fellowships in places such as the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in the United States (US); the Marine Biology Laboratory in Woods Hole in the US; The University of Tuebingen in Germany; the University of Montreal in Canada; the University of Washington (Friday Harbor) in the US; and The University of Queensland in Brisbane.

Shaun is the author of over 250 international scientific publications on sensory systems of vertebrates and invertebrates including nine books.


  • –present
    Winthrop Professor/WA Premier's Research Fellow, School of Animal Biology, University of Western Australia