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William Gladstone

Professor and Head of School of Life Sciences, University of Technology Sydney

Bill Gladstone is a marine biologist with research and teaching interests in marine conservation biology, fish behavioural ecology, and marine environmental management.

A major focus of Bill’s teaching has been the involvement of students in solving environmental issues to deepen field and classroom learning, and the excellence of these initiatives has been widely recognized through many teaching awards from the Dean, Vice-Chancellor, Carrick Institute, and the National Trust.

Particular research interests of Bill’s include the value of biodiversity surrogates for selecting and designing marine protected areas, reef fish spawning aggregations, environmental controls of reef fish spawning, and the management and conservation of marine biodiversity in developing countries.

Bill combines his academic career with work in the profession and has worked on many major national and international projects including outbreaks of crown-of-thorns starfish on the Great Barrier Reef, the Torres Strait Baseline Study (both for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority), management of international networks of marine protected areas in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden (for the Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden PERSGA) and the Sulu-Sulawesi Sea Marine Ecoregion (for WWF), and the Strategic Action Programme for the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden (a Global Environment Facility project). He regularly works in the Port Stephens-Great Lakes and Batemans Marine Park.

Prior to starting work at UTS in January 2010, Bill was Associate Professor in the School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle (Central Coast campus).


  • –present
    Head, School of the Environment, University of Technology, Sydney