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Charlotte Birkmanis

Marine biologist | Shark researcher, The UWA Oceans Institute and School of Biological Sciences, The University of Western Australia

Charlotte is a marine biologist with an interest in marine predator behaviour and media portrayal, conservation and science outreach. Her PhD research clarified where sharks are, why they are there and how this, and their numbers change over time. Charlotte previously attained a First Class Honours in Marine Biology for her research on shark and ray vertebral biomechanics, complementing an Applied Science degree majoring in Ecology (awarded with distinction) and an Arts degree in Mandarin Chinese. Charlotte’s research combines her passion for sharks and previous experience as a consultant marine ecologist in Australia, the Pacific Region and Asia to highlight the importance of predators in our oceans.

Experience

  • 2021–present
    Contributor, Nature Research
  • 2021–present
    STEM Ambassador, Science and Technology Australia
  • –present
    PhD Candidate, UWA Oceans Institute and School of Biological Sciences, University of Western Australia

Education

  •  
    University of Queensland, Bachelor of Science - First Class Honours (Marine Biology - Biomechanics)
  •  
    Queensland University of Technology, Bachelor of Applied Science (Ecology) - Distinction
  •  
    Queensland University of Technology, Bachelor of Arts (International and Global Studies - Mandarin Chinese)
  • 2021 
    University of Western Australia, Doctor of Philosophy

Publications

  • 2021
    Spatial and temporal distribution of Indo-Pacific pelagic sharks,
  • 2021
    Inferring shark vulnerability from spatial habitat protection,
  • 2020
    Future distribution of suitable habitat for pelagic sharks in Australia under climate change models,
  • 2020
    Shark conservation hindered by lack of habitat protection,

Grants and Contracts

  • 2021
    Science Meets Parliament Scholarship
    Role:
    STEM Ambassador
    Funding Source:
    Australian Marine Sciences Association
  • 2021
    John Glover Travel Award
    Role:
    Marine biology
    Funding Source:
    Australian Society for Fish Biology
  • 2020
    International Travel Scholarship
    Role:
    Shark research
    Funding Source:
    Australian Society for Fish Biology
  • 2018
    Robson and Robertson Award
    Role:
    PhD research
    Funding Source:
    Jock Clough Marine Foundation

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Marine Sciences Association
  • Australian Society for Fish Biology
  • American Elasmobranch Society
  • Ecological Society of Australia

Research Areas

  • Language, Communication And Culture (20)
  • Behavioural Ecology (060201)
  • Ecology (0602)
  • Applied Statistics (010401)
  • Conservation And Biodiversity (050202)
  • Fisheries Sciences (0704)
  • Marine And Estuarine Ecology (Incl. Marine Ichthyology) (060205)