Project leader and researcher

Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods, Charles Darwin University, Darwin NT 0909 Australia

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Person details


Current activities

Peter is currently leading the NESP Marine Biodiversity Hub project ‘Northern Australian Hotspots for the Recovery of Threatened Euryhaline Species’, a collaboration between Charles Darwin University, Northern Territory Fisheries, CSIRO, Murdoch University, the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance and the Malak Malak Ranger Group. He is based at Charles Darwin University in Darwin, Northern Territory.

Euryhaline elasmobranchs represent over half of the EPBC-listed threatened sharks and rays, with northern Australia of national importance for this threatened species community. Critical information gaps remain, limiting the implementation of Recovery Plan objectives. This project will fill many data gaps through the application of acoustic telemetry, traditional and advanced molecular research (population genetics and close-kin mark-recapture), life history studies and Indigenous knowledge and education. End-users will be provided with information necessary to improve management and facilitate recovery of these threatened species, focusing on three themes: (1) Monitoring and understanding euryhaline species; (2) Indigenous partnerships for management of euryhaline species, and; (3) Knowledge for the reassessment of river shark status.


Peter is a conservation biologist with interests in marine and freshwater systems. He has a background in fish biology, fisheries bycatch and fish conservation, particularly in relation to the chondrichthyan fishes (sharks, batoids and chimaeras).

His PhD examined the composition and mitigation of chondrichthyan bycatch in the Queensland East Coast Trawl Fishery.

Peter is Regional Vice-Chair for Australia and Oceania of the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Shark Specialist Group, working on the global and regional assessment of extinction risk for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

He has published on the biology of a diversity of species (including shovelnose rays, skates, catsharks, carpet sharks, whaler sharks and sawfishes) from riverine and inshore estuarine waters to the deepsea. His research interests focus on the collection of life history and ecological information to guide the management and conservation of biodiversity and assess population status and extinction risk.

Academic qualifications

Bachelor of Science (Geography and Environmental Studies) from the University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Science Honours (First class) from the University of Queensland

Doctor of Philosophy (marine science) from the University of Queensland

Selected publications

For a full list of publications, see:

Kyne, P.M., Bax, N.J. and Dulvy, N.K. (2015). Sharks and rays in peril too. Nature 518:167.

White, W.T., Appleyard, S.A., Sabub, B., Kyne, P.M., Harris, M., Lis, R., Baje, L., Usu, T., Smart, J.J., Corrigan, S., Yang, L. and Naylor, G.J.P. (2015). Rediscovery of the threatened river sharks, Glyphis garricki and G. glyphis, in Papua New Guinea. PLoS One 10(10):e0140075.

Feutry, P., Kyne, P.M., Pillans, R.D., Chen, X., Marthick, J.R., Morgan, D.L. and Grewe, P.M. (2015). Whole mitogenome sequencing refines population structure of the Critically Endangered sawfish Pristis pristis. Marine Ecology Progress Series 533:237–244.

Kyne, P.M. (2015). Occurrence of a Sharksucker (Echeneis naucrates) on a Northern River Shark (Glyphis garricki) in a tidal riverine habitat. Northern Territory Naturalist 26:21–26.

Devitt, K.R., Adams, V.M. and Kyne, P.M. (2015). Australia’s protected area network fails to adequately protect the world’s most threatened marine fishes. Global Ecology and Conservation 3:401–411.

Schluessel, V., Giles, J. and Kyne, P.M. (2015). Notes on female reproductive biology and embryos of the brown guitarfish Rhinobatos schlegelii from the Penghu Islands, Taiwan. Ichthyological Research 62:347–350.

Feutry, P., Kyne, P.M., Pillans, R.D., Chen, X., Naylor, G.J.P. and Grewe, P.M. (2014). Mitogenomics of the Speartooth Shark challenges ten years of D-loop sequencing. BMC Evolutionary Biology 14:232.

Kyne, P.M. (2014). Threatened fishes and marine turtles of Kakadu National Park (with notes on marine mammals). Pp. 58–74. In: S. Winderlich & J. Woinarski (eds). Kakadu National Park Landscape Symposia Series. Symposium 7: Conservation of Threatened Species, 26–27 March 2013, Bowali Visitor Centre, Kakadu National Park. Internal Report 623, Supervising Scientist, Darwin.

Dulvy, N.K., Fowler, S.L., Musick, J.A., Cavanagh, R.D., Kyne, P.M., Harrison, L.R., Carlson, J.K., Davidson, L.N.K., Fordham, S.V., Francis, M.P., Pollock, C.M., Simpfendorfer, C.A., Burgess, G.H., Carpenter, K.E., Compagno, L.J.V., Ebert, D.A., Gibson, C., Heupel, M.R., Livingstone, S.R., Sanciangco, J.C., Stevens, J.D., Valenti, S. and White, W.T. (2014). Extinction risk and conservation of the world’s sharks and rays. eLife 3:e00590.

Bustamante, C., Kyne, P.M. and Bennett, M.B. (2013). Comparative morphology of the egg cases of Asymbolus analis, A. rubiginosus and Figaro boardmani (Carcharhiniformes: Scyliorhinidae) from southern Queensland, Australia. Journal of Fish Biology 83:133–143.

Kyne, P.M., Carlson, J.K., Ebert, D.A., Fordham, S.V., Bizzarro, J.J., Graham, R.T., Kulka, D.W., Tewes, E.E., Harrison, L.R., and Dulvy, N.K. (eds). (2012). The Conservation Status of North American, Central American, and Caribbean Chondrichthyans. IUCN Species Survival Commission Shark Specialist Group, Vancouver, Canada.

Curtis, L.K., Dennis, A.J., McDonald, K.R., Kyne, P.M. and Debus, S.J.S. (2012). Queensland’s Threatened Animals. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood.

Kyne, P.M., Compagno, L.J.V., Stead, J., Jackson, M.V. and Bennett, M.B. (2011). Distribution, habitat and biology of a rare and threatened eastern Australian endemic shark: Colclough’s Shark Brachaelurus colcloughi Ogilby, 1908. Marine and Freshwater Research 62:540–547.

Pusey, B., Kennard, M., Burrows, D., Perna, C., Kyne, P., Cook, B. and Hughes, J. (2011). Freshwater fish. Pp. 71–92. In: B.J. Pusey (ed.) Aquatic Biodiversity in Northern Australia: patterns, threats and future. CDU Press, Darwin.

Kyne, P.M., Courtney, A.J. and Bennett, M.B. (2011). Observations on the reproductive biology of three catsharks (Carcharhiniformes: Scyliorhinidae: Asymbolus and Figaro) from the continental shelf of southern Queensland, Australia. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK 91:1157–1164.

White, W.T. and Kyne, P.M. (2010). The status of chondrichthyan conservation in the Indo–Australasian region. Journal of Fish Biology 76:2090–2117.

Chin, A., Kyne, P.M., Walker, T.I. and McAuley, R.B. (2010). An integrated risk assessment for climate change: analysing the vulnerability of sharks and rays on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Global Change Biology 16:1365–2486.

Pillans, R.D., Stevens, J.D., Kyne, P.M. and Salini, J. (2010). Observations on the distribution, biology, short-term movements and habitat requirements of river sharks Glyphis spp. in northern Australia. Endangered Species Research 10:321–332.

Kyne, P.M. and Simpfendorfer, C.A. (2010). Deepwater chondrichthyans. Pp. 37–114. In: J.C. Carrier, J.A. Musick and M.R. Heithaus (Eds) Sharks and Their Relatives II: Biodiversity, Adaptive Physiology, and Conservation. CRC Press, Boca Raton.

Simpfendorfer, C.A. and Kyne, P.M. (2009). Limited potential to recover from overfishing raises concern for deep-sea sharks and rays. Environmental Conservation 36:97–103.

Kyne, P.M., Courtney, A.J. and Bennett, M.B. (2008). Aspects of the reproductive biology and diet of Dipturus polyommata (Ogilby, 1910) (Elasmobranchii: Rajidae) from southern Queensland, Australia. Journal of Fish Biology 72:61–77.

Cavanagh, R.D., Kyne, P.M., Fowler, S.L., Musick, J.A. and Bennett, M.B. (2003). The conservation status of Australasian chondrichthyans: Report of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group Australia and Oceania Regional Red List Workshop, Queensland, Australia, 7–9 March 2003. School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Queensland, Brisbane.

Kyne, P.M. and Bennett, M.B. (2002). Reproductive biology of the eastern shovelnose ray, Aptychotrema rostrata (Shaw & Nodder, 1794) from Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia. Marine and Freshwater Research 53:583–589.

Kyne, P.M., Courtney, A.J., Campbell, M.J., Chilcott, K.E., Gaddes, S.W., Turnbull, C.T., van der Geest, C.C. and Bennett, M.B. (2002). An overview of the elasmobranch by-catch of the Queensland East Coast Trawl Fishery (Australia). NAFO Scientific Research Council Document 02/97.