Science

Prize: Top award for marine scientist

Professor Peter Steinberg
Thursday, 29 June, 2017

For his outstanding contribution to marine research in Australia, UNSW scientist Professor Peter Steinberg has received a prestigious Jubilee Award from the Australian Marine Sciences Association.

He is widely considered one of the founders of a discipline called marine chemical ecology – a blend of traditional marine experimental ecology and natural products chemistry.

Professor Steinberg, of the UNSW School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, is Director and CEO of the Sydney Institute of Marine Science. He will receive his award next week at the association’s annual conference in Darwin.

“Steinberg’s multidisciplinary approach to understanding the colonisation of surfaces has integrated marine ecology with molecular biology, larval biology, biofilms and synthetic chemistry to fundamentally change the way we think about interactions of both prokaryotes and eukaryotes,” the prize citation reads.

“This work resulted in both the first natural inhibitor of cell-cell signalling as well as the first characterised and quantified natural chemical inducer of settlement for a marine invertebrate.”

He is also an expert on the impacts of pollution and climate change on marine organisms including kelps and corals.

Read more about his research here.