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Dr Andrew Chin
Principal Scientist | Lab Director
BSc (Hons) Central Queensland University
G Dip Ed (Sec) Central Queensland University
Ph.D. 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 20 years’ 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 50 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 in-country partners across the Indo-Pacific. Andrew also served as the president of the Oceania Chondrichthyan Society for several years, and as president of Australian Marine Science Association (NQ Branch). He continues to serve on the IUCN Shark Specialist Group, and is a member of the scientific advisory board for the Save Our Seas Foundation.
Dr Andrew's current projects include:
Capacity building workshops for shark and rays scientists and conservation practitioners in SE Asia
Reducing bycatch of sharks, turtles, and dugongs in commercial fisheries
Exploring the science behind shark safety messaging for beachgoers
Building country-specific profiles of shark and ray diversity and conservation through the Shark Search Indo-Pacific Program