Contact

Project leader and Theme leader
Email 
M.Heupel@aims.gov.au

Person details

About

Current activities

My current research program explores the use of marine protected areas by predators. The approach, metrics and outcomes of this research are instrumental to management decisions in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Current projects include:

  • long-term monitoring of inshore predators within a dynamic coastal system
  • movement of coral reef predators in relation to environmental conditions
  • connectivity of reef habitats for mobile predator species
  • analysis of marine park zoning in the context of predator movement
     

Through these projects I aim to refine our understanding of how marine predators interact with their environment and produce outcomes relevant to the management and conservation of these species.

Background

My research outputs have been instrumental in management of blacktip shark populations in the SE US and were applied to conservation management of the Endangered smalltooth sawfish. As a result my research is listed in the US Federal Register.

Academic qualifications

  • 1994 BSc Colorado State University
  • 1995 Post Graduate Diploma University of Queensland
  • 1999 PhD University of Queensland
  • 2011 Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching
     

Membership of key national committees

  • Member Commonwealth Threatened Species Scientific Committee
  • Vice Chair for Strategy, IUCN Shark Specialist Group
  • Member Scientific Advisory Committee, Ocean Tracking Network
  • Member Scientific Advisory Committee, Australian Acoustic Tagging and Monitoring System, IMOS
  • Past President, Oceania Chondrichthyan Society
  • Member of the Board of Directors, American Elasmobranch Society

 

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