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Favourite papers?

Harry (2017) Evidence for systemic age underestimation in shark and ray ageing studies. Fish and Fisheries, 19(2), 185-200.

​Kyne, P. M., Jabado, R. W., Rigby, C. L., Dharmadi, Gore, M. A., Pollock, C. M., ... & Dulvy, N. K. (2020). The thin edge of the wedge: Extremely high extinction risk in wedgefishes and giant guitarfishes. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 30(7), 1337–1361.

Walker, T.I. (1998). Can shark resources be harvested sustainably? A question revisited with a review of shark fisheries. Marine and Freshwater Research, 49(7), 553-572.

Brooke D'Alberto

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BSc - Marine Biology | James Cook University
MSc | James Cook University
PhD | James Cook University

Brooke’s (she/her) focuses 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 a 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.


She was a PhD candidate with JCU and CSIRO, undertaking much needed information on the conservation biology of wedgefish and giant guitarfish, a severely understudyed group of elasmobranchs that are facing threats from intense fishing pressure and international trade. Her project investigated 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 contributed to the listing of wedgefish and giant guitarfish on CITES Appendix II in 2019.

As of 2022, Brooke works at the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) in Canberra.

Favourite species? Shark ray (Rhina ancylostoma)
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