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Dr Andrew Chin
Principal Scientist | Lab Director
BSc (Hons) | Central Queensland University
G DipEd (Sec) | Central Queensland University
PhD | James Cook University
Andrew was born and raised in southeast Asia and remains keenly interested in fisheries sustainability, livelihoods, collaborative research, and capacity building throughout the region. Now living in Townsville, Australia, Andrew has over 25 years of experience in marine research and management including work for NGOs, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, and experience with a wide range of fisheries and shark and ray projects. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed publications and is an editor for Pacific Conservation Biology. Andrew has extensive experience working with fishers, communities, and collaborators in northern Australia, and with Indigenous ranger groups. His Shark Search Indo-Pacific program works with citizen scientists and in-country partners to build country-specific species diversity and conservation profiles for sharks and rays across the Indo-Pacific. Andrew was also one of the founding members of the Oceania Chondrichthyan Society serving as president for several years, and he continues to serve on the IUCN Shark Specialist Group. He also works with the Save Our Seas Foundation as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board.
Dr Andrew's current projects include:
Marine Spatial Planning in the Seychelles
Capacity-building workshops for shark and rays scientists and conservation practitioners in SE Asia
Reducing bycatch of sharks, turtles, and dugongs in commercial fisheries
Citizen science for sharks and rays with the PADI Aware Foundation
Building country-specific profiles of shark and ray diversity and conservation through the Shark Search Indo-Pacific Program