Experience & skills

Charlotte has gained extensive experience in shark handling through her research projects and employment as an aquatic / marine ecologist. She has a variety of skills and is experienced in conducting safe and effective fieldwork in remote locations. 

FISHING & CAPTURE

Marine & freshwater megafauna (sharks & bony fish, turtles & crustaceans)

Seine, gill and tunnel nets
Long-lines, rod and reel gear
Catch-and-release 

Nets
Long-lines, rod and reel gear
Drum lines
Catch-and-release 

Opera and fish traps
Backpack & boat electrofishing

SAMPLING & HANDLING

Marine & freshwater megafauna 
(sharks, bony fish, turtles & crustaceans)

Handling
Measurements (length, weight etc)

Tonic immobility

Muscle biopsy (isotope samples)
Fin clip (genetic samples)
Blood samples
Parasites

TAGGING

Sharks & bony fish

Spaghetti tags
 Acoustic tags
Satellite tags (assisted)

UNDERWATER VIDEO

Baited Remote Underwater Video (BRUVS)

Diver Operated Video (DOVS)


Preparation 

(set up, bait, video specs etc)
Habitat determination 

Site / transect selection
Deployment & retrieval / operation
Analysis & reporting

 

BOAT HANDLING

Recreational skippers ticket
Experienced in skiffs, dinghies, RIBS & research vessels

 

Elements of Shipboard safety 

(Safety at Sea) certification


Surface buddy - diving

SCIENTIFIC DIVING

PADI Rescue certified SCUBA dive

Enriched Air Nitrox (EAN) diver
100+ dives in Australia & internationally
(night, naturalist, drift, deep, wreck, underwater video & photo)
 

Experienced science diver
Amateur free-diver 

 

Commercial dive medical

SCIENTIFIC STANDARDS

Boat and Backpack Electrofishing, 

netting and trapping

Electrofishing theory & practical certificate 

Aquatic Macroinvertebrates

Aquatic Flora

Water & Sediment Quality

Field Competency Register & 

Training Protocols

 

Stygofauna Sampling

Plankton Sampling

Aquatic Flora

Water Quality Sampling

Boat reversing, launch & retrieval

CERTIFICATIONS

White Card

Contractor Safety Induction Card

 

Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) Leadership - Upstream Module 

0 & 1 Training Card

 

Standard 11: 

Mine Safety Induction (Surface)

 

BMA Defensive Driving

Operate a Light Vehicle

Operate & Maintain a 4WD Vehicle

Operate Vehicles in the Field

Remote First Aid, CPR & AED

Oxygen Administration

TERRESTRIAL

Elliot, wire, cage, pit & funnel traps

 

Transects & quadrat sampling

 

Scat & track identification

 

Mammals, reptiles, invertebrates, insects

 

Vegetation 

LABORATORY SKILLS

Dissection

Marine & freshwater 

macroinvertebrate & plankton picking, identification & data entry 

to QA/QC requirements


Centrifuges & analytical balances
Microscopes


Water quality meters & calibration
 

SURVEYS

Aerial

Diving & snorkelling

Marine Mammal / Fauna Observer 

(MMO / MFO)
Marine fauna salvage


Marine fish & megafauna 

Marine vegetation 

(mangrove, seagrass & saltmarsh)
Sea cucumber & coral survey,   identification, health & mapping


Stygofauna
Freshwater 
(fish, invertebrates, platypus, turtles)
 

Terrestrial & riparian vegetation

Algae

ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING 

Water & sediment quality sampling, monitoring & logging

 

Riparian & marine vegetation (mangrove, seagrass and saltmarsh) survey, identification, restoration & mapping

 

Marine vegetation mapping & calculation of fisheries values


Monitoring of E.coli & toxicants

 

Australia, Papua New Guinea, & Solomon Islands

Software Proficiency

Statistical programs (R, SPSS)
Linux (CDO, NCO)
Mapping software (ArcGIS)
MS Office Suite
Video analysis (SeaGIS EventMeasure)
Novice
Media manipulation (Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator, iMovie)

Independent student projects

Marine
·  Heron Island: Transects were analysed to ascertain levels of algal & coral reef cover, with specific interest in sea cucumber 
   (Holothuria atra, H. impatiens and H. edulis) size & density.
·  Bribie Island: Distribution of Ghost Crabs (Ocypode cordimana) in relation to vegetation coverage and distance from foreshore. 

Terrestrial

·  Atherton Tablelands: Conservation implications of small mammal and resource interactions on fragmented tropical rainforest        landscapes. Native rodent populations (Uromys caudimaculatus & Melomys cervinipes) & vegetation were sampled for genetic          analysis.

·  Cedar Creek: Water & soil analysis to ascertain pollutant levels.
·  Conondale Ranges: Animal signs used as an indicator of animal density: Red necked Pademelons (Thylogale thetis) in Hoop              Pine (Araucaria cunninghamii) forest.
·  Girraween National Park: Monitoring of the Spotted-tailed Quoll (Dasyurus maculatus) to assist conservation management.
·  Western Queensland: Management strategy formulated to ensure the kangaroo population (Macropus giganteus) does not                 exceed carrying capacity.

China

·  Ocean University of China - 中国海洋大学: Performed a necropsy on a white shark (Carcharodon carcharias).

Volunteer projects

·  Australia Zoo:  Customer service & animal husbandry. 
·  Garden & Penguin Island: Assisted in penguin counts & tagging.
·  Mundaring State Forest: Assisted in transect counts of native vegetation & non-insect pollinators.

·  Seaworld: Marine Mammal Trainer’s assistant.

China

·  Cat rehousing project: Splaying & rehousing program was established help prevent felines decimating the local wildlife.
·  Qingdao Sailing School (QSS): Implementing the inaugural marine conservation & marine biology classes (wrote the textbook,      lead field trips & taught science).
·  RedStar magazine: Contributing articles.

·  Sichuan Relief Effort: fundraising & translation to ship foodstuffs, clothing & other goods to the earthquake zone. 
·  World Wildlife Fund (WWF): SCUBA diver as part of WWF’s ‘Reef Check’ project on the coral habitat in Hong Kong.

·  Leading wilderness walks & lectures on conservation & environmental awareness.

·  Assisted in proposal writing: establishment of an environmentally sensitive plant, measured & analysed pollutant levels.

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