Mark is a Principal Research Scientist with the Australian Institute of Marine Science and is based in Perth, Western Australia. He is a tropical fish ecologist with interests ranging from the early life history of reef fishes to the ecosystem role and function of elasmobranchs. Dr Meekan has published over 180 papers in international journals and is a Principal Investigator for the Global Finprint Program, a 3-year global survey of the status of coral reef elasmobranchs funded by the Paul G. Allen Foundation. He is also a PI with the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology initiative CAASE – Coupled Animal and Artificial Sensing for Sustainable Ecosystems, a project that will develop new sensors for tracking of marine animals in the world’s oceans. He currently supervises post-doctoral fellows and PhD students on working shark and reef fish projects throughout the Indian and Pacific Oceans.