Shark Ecology Australia (SEA)

Shark Ecology Australia (SEA) specialises in shark research from rivers to the ocean with the aim to understand shark behaviour for management, conservation and education. Queensland is home to many species of sharks inhabiting rivers to the ocean. As human populations and water activities grow, the study of shark behaviour and habitat use is key to understand how people and sharks interact and can mutually co-exist. SEA utilises many tracking technologies to research shark movement including satellite and acoustic tagging as well as advanced biologging tags which give fine-scale behavioural data.

South East Queensland is home to multiple shark species including the endangered Hammerhead and White sharks, Tiger, Bull and many other large species. SEA is regularly involved in community science outreach programs collaborating with National Science Week, Griffith University's Science on the GO!, Inspiring Australia and many more. SEA has also participated in international shark documentaries including National Geographic and Discovery, as well as local educational programs.

Research Projects

Hammerhead sharks of South East Queensland

This project aims to determine the movement and residency patterns, as well as dietary ecology of adult and juvenile Scalloped and Great Hammerhead sharks. This research is achieved through satellite, acoustic and biologging tags as well as stable isotope techniques.

Urbanised bull shark movement

Bull sharks are a well-known resident in estuarine and coastal waters. This project aims to understand their movement within natural and artificial water systems and how they interact with human populations in heavily urbanised areas. This project is funded by local councils and will be used to develop management policies and further our understanding of this misunderstood shark species.

Fine-scale movements of large sharks

We aim to determine how large sharks utilise various habitat types from bays to coastal waters, as well as their interactions with the surrounding environment and other species.

Collaborations

Cities Research Institute

Sunshine Coast Council

City of Gold Coast

Queensland Department of Fisheries

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