Adjunct Professor, Southern Cross University

Since 2000, my career has involved research into various components of the commercial and recreational fishing sectors, including the common themes and expertise I bring to the areas associated with teleost, elasmobranch and crustacean survival, welfare, age/growth, movement (tagging) and gear selectivity as well as marine parks (zoning, activity and visitor surveys, catch-and-effort data).

I currently work as a Senior Research Scientist within the Shark Management Strategy with Fisheries NSW. I am responsible for tagging White, Tiger and Bulls sharks using satellite, acoustic and external ID dart tags. These sharks are caught using Smart drumlines which form another important research component of the strategy as we strive to streamline their effectiveness in NSW waters. Our tracking program involves 20 state of the art VR4G tracking buoys along the entire length of the NSW coast to provide real time alerts of tagged sharks. Along with data from other tracking receivers, we are modelling the movements of these species along our coastline. Other research interests include projects on drones (RPAS) and their ability to be used as a bather protection tool. Recent experiments in establishing what environmental conditions they can operate in, efficiency against helicopter observers plus manual and automated flight paths have provided evidence that they will be seen more regularly in our skies in years to come. I currently have several PhD candidates working on the projects listed above.

Google scholar profile: http://scholar.google.com.au/citations?hl=en&user=s1yiJKIAAAAJ&view_op=list_works&sortby=pubdate

Experience

  • 2015–2017
    Adjunct Associate Professor, Southern Cross University
  • 2003–2017
    Senior Research Scientist, NSW Fisheries
  • 2012–2015
    Adjunct Research Fellow , Southern Cross University
  • 2007–2012
    Honorary Associate, University if New England