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Favourite papers?

Simpfendorfer, C. A., Heupel, M. R., White, W. T., and Dulvy, N. K. 2011. The importance of research and public opinion to conservation management of sharks and rays: a synthesis. Marine and Freshwater Research, 62: 518-527.


Compagno, L., and Cook, S. 1995. The exploitation and conservation of freshwater elasmobranchs: status of taxa and prospects for the future. Journal of Aquariculture and Aquatic Sciences, 7: 62-91.

Ballantyne, J. S., and Robinson, J. 2010. Freshwater elasmobranchs: a review of their physiology and biochemistry. Journal of Comparative Physiology B, 180: 475-493.


Michael Grant

Ph.D. Student
BSc (Hons) James Cook University
Ph.D. Candidate, James Cook University

Michael’s principle interest is within the framework of fish and fisheries science. Michael is driven to work in areas of sustainability and conservation research, particularly in developing nations with complex social structures. Other research interests include aspects of chondrichthyan biology including life history and demography, habitat use, and human interactions. Michael is presently in the final stages of completing his PhD on the ‘conservation biology of sharks and rays in non-marine environments’ at James Cook University, receiving supervision from Dr. Andrew Chin, Prof. Colin Simpfendorfer, Dr. William White (CSIRO), and Dr. Peter Kyne (CDU). This project has involved extensive fieldwork in remote regions of Papua New Guinea where Michael has gained valuable insights on aspects of cultural and small-scale fisheries, and the complexities and considerations of their management with respect to local livelihoods and social systems.

Michael's PhD project is on investigating the status of sawfish (Pristidae) in Papua New Guinea

Favourite species? River sharks Glyphis spp.
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