An internationally recognised expert in river ecology has been appointed Pro Vice Chancellor Research at the University of Western Australia. Professor Peter Davies has been acting in the position since September last year. Davies has won several major project grants at UWA, including a large ARC Linkage Grant in 2012. He is a UWA graduate (bachelor’s of science with first class honours in zoology, and a PhD) who worked as a research officer before completing his doctorate in 1993. For 10 years, he served as UWA professor and foundation director of the Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management, based in Albany, before taking on the pro vice chancellor role.