Melissa's professional career path is based on the behavior, ecology, and conservation of Chondrichthyans. She is currently a PhD candidate at Curtin University (Western Australia) who assesses what environmental factors influence the composition and distribution of elasmobranchs in the Indian Ocean. She is also using socioeconomic surveys to better understand the human behaviour aspects of elasmobranch conservation success or failure.
• Long-term changes in the habitat use of elasmobranchs (e.g. which processes influence elasmobranchs life cycles)
• Human-wildlife conflict