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Colin Simpfendorfer

Adjunct professor, James Cook University

Prof Colin Simpfendorfer is an Adjunct Professor at James Cook University. He has more than 25 years of experience in researching sharks, and has published extensively in the scientific literature on shark biology, ecology, fisheries and conservation. He is a member of the Threatened Species Scientific Committee, advising the Australian Government on the management of threatened species.

Colin is a graduate of James Cook University, having undertaken both his undergraduate and postgraduate training in Townsville. After completing his PhD he worked on shark fisheries at the Western Australian Fisheries Department before moving to Florida to work at the Centre for Shark Research at Mote Marine Laboratory. He returned to JCU in 2007 to lead the Fishing and Fisheries Research Centre, where he has helped build a research group focused on improving our understanding of sharks and how best to conserve and manage their populations. In 2020 he moved to Hobart, but maintains an Adjunct position and maintains his work on sharks.


  • 2012–present
    Director, Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture, James Cook University