Mr Rob Merrells

PhD candidate, BSc, Grad Dip Sc.

Phone: 9433 0213

  • Biography

    Rob is a lecturer in Exercise and Sports Science, coordinator of the practicum units for the undergraduate sport science program and oversees the Staff fitness program within the School of Health Sciences.

    Rob has over 15 years experience in the Sports Science industry previously working in a clinical role with the Institute of Sports Medicine and the Western Australian Institute of Sport. He has a strong interest in endurance sports, particularly cycling, and continues to coach elite athletes in an number of disciplines.

    He is currently completing his PhD entitled “Aetiology of high intensity exercise induced nausea”. But also has a strong research interest in the area of training physiology and endurance performance.

  • Teaching areas

    Human Growth and Development
    Exercise Physiology

  • Research expertise and supervision

    Changes in gastrointestinal blood flow following sprint exercise
    Immune function in endurance athletes
    Quantification of training load

  • Journal articles and proceedings

    Duffield, R., Edge, J., Merrells, R., Hawke, E., Barnes, M., Simcock, D. and Gill, N. (2008). The effects of compression garments on intermittent exercise performance and recovery on consecutive days. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance 3, 454-468

  • Professional affiliations

    Member of Exercise and Sports Science Australia

  • Community engagement

    Consultant, fitness standards, Dept. of Fisheries WA