Charlotte is a marine biologist with over 10 years of research experience in marine megafauna. She has always been intrigued by predators, both on land and sea, and this quest for answers has seen her travel to over 40 countries, learn Mandarin Chinese and be involved in research projects across Australia and internationally. 

 

Within her main research interests of applied ecology, behaviour, habitat use, movement and conservation, she has worked on a variety of projects ranging from genetics and dietary analysis to population ecology and impact assessment. Charlotte combines her passion for predators and previous research as a consultant marine ecologist in Australia, the Pacific Region and Asia to highlight the importance of predators in our ecosystem.

Research scientist, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Spatial and temporal distribution of Indo-Pacific marine predators 

2017 - ongoing
The University of Western Australia

Charlotte is currently researching a variety of shark species, including the open-ocean dwellers we know very little about. 

 

Her research is focused on where they are and why they are there. As well as looking at where they are, she is also investigating where they were in the past, where they are now and where they will be in the future - kinda like time-travel!

 

To do this, Charlotte is using a variety of techniques to test what we think we know about sharks, including statistical modelling. As a conservation biologist, she is also looking at how a changing climate might affect sharks and whether we are effectively protecting them.

2015 - 16
Australian Institute of Marine Science and The University of Western Australia

Charlotte investigated shark regulation of ecosystems by conducting diving and underwater video surveys, as well as sampling and tagging sharks and reef fish. As part of two successful field trips totaling almost three months in the field, including three weeks as the only scientist on board with a private benefactor, Charlotte developed protocols for genetic and isotopic analysis, and procedures for remote location field work. After the fieldwork she also performed analysis and reporting on the underwater video footage, tagging and isotopic data.

 Predatory fish assemblages in marine protected areas

Australian Institute of Marine Science and The University of Western Australia
2015

Charlotte examined shark and other predatory fish assemblages in Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia to examine how marine park zoning affect  sharks and other predatory fish. Charlotte developed protocols, ethics, safety and procurement for remote location field work, alongside recruiting and supervising fieldwork volunteers. 
  • Tiger sharks of Western Australia, Ningaloo Reef

  • Blood samples

Australian Institute of Marine Science 
2015

Charlotte was a research assistant for a tiger shark project on Australia's western coast. Charlotte was involved in taking shark measurements, blood samples, fin clips and muscle biopsies, along with science outreach.

Lead Marine Fauna Observer (MFO)

Marine ecology consultant
2010 - 14

 

Charlotte was involved in numerous projects both in Australia and Papua New Guinea as a Marine Fauna Observer for cetaceans, crocodiles, dugongs, sharks, rays and turtles. Along with conducting aerial, land and water (snorkel) based surveys, Charlotte was also a lead in a fauna salvage project.

Elasmobranch vertebral structure and material properties in relation to function
 

The University of Queensland
2009 - 10

27 species of sharks and rays (elasmobranchs) were analysed to determine the structure of vertebrae and the vertebral column. Charlotte performed biomechanical analyses on the individual components of the vertebrae, the entire vertebrae, and also on the vertebral column as a whole. 
Charlotte undertook and managed all aspects of the project, including catching and handling of small to large sharks using nets, drumlines and longlines, measuring animals on board, dissection and laboratory analysis, statistical analysis and report writing. This study provided previously unknown baseline data on elasmobranch vertebrae as sharks and rays do not have a backbone as we do, but a skeleton of cartilage and connective tissue.


 

University of Queensland
2009

As a field research assistant for elasmobranch surveys, Charlotte was involved in  

  • utilisation of fishing gear (gill nets, drum lines and long line equipment),
  • handling small to large elasmobranchs (sharks and rays),
  • tagging and measuring elasmobranchs on board, and
  • lab work (dissection of sharks and rays for age and growth, reproductive and diet data).

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Elasmobranch Society
  • Australian Society for Fish Biology
  • Ecological Society of Australia
  • Surf Life Saving Australia
  • Australian Marine Sciences Association (AMSA)
    • Secretary of Western Australia branch
    • Student representative of Western Australia branch
    • 2019 national conference "Marine Science for a Blue Economy"
      • organising committee
      • social media manager
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