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BMarBio James Cook University
MSc James Cook University
Ph.D. Candidate James Cook University
Brooke’s (she/her) focus on applied research to improve the management and conservation of shark and ray populations. She completed her masters in 2016 on the life history of oceanic whitetip sharks (Carcharhinus longimanus) from Papua New Guinea. She has worked as research technician with the Fish and Fisheries lab, on numerous projects including the life history of sharks from Papua New Guinea, and the Global FinPrint Project as the volunteer coordinator.
Currently she is PhD candidate with JCU and CSIRO, undertaking much needed information on the conservation biology of wedgefish and giant guitarfish, a severely understudying group of elasmobranchs that are facing threats from intense fishing pressure and international trade. Her project investigates the life history (age, growth and reproduction), distribution and abundance, interactions with fisheries, and theoretical population productivity of these rays. Brooke's research on wedgefish and giant guitarfish has contributed to the recent listing of wedgefish and giant guitarfish on CITES Appendix II in 2019.