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Peter is a conservation biologist with interests in marine and freshwater systems. He focuses on the collection of life history and ecological information to guide the management and conservation of biodiversity and assess population status and extinction risk. He has a background in fish biology, fisheries bycatch mitigation, and fish conservation, particularly in relation to the chondrichthyan fishes (sharks, batoids, and ghost sharks), from freshwater systems to the deep-sea. He has extensive experience in undertaking national, regional, and global extinction risk assessments for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Peter's current research in northern Australia focuses on the management and recovery of threatened species, in particular sawfishes and river sharks. He has delivered a number of projects under the Australian Government's National Environmental Research Program (NERP) and National Environmental Science Program (NESP) aimed at driving conservation action and policy. He also has an interest in monitoring and managing threatened shorebird and terrestrial bird species.

Current HDR Supervision

Julia Constance (Charles Darwin University): Movement ecology of threatened river sharks (Primary Supervisor)

Annmarie Fearing (University of Southern Mississippi): Assessment of genetic diversity in Largetooth Sawfish Pristis pristis (Associate Supervisor)

Claire Gauci (University of Southern Mississippi): Application of environmental DNA to detect rare and highly threatened wedgefishes (Associate Supervisor)

Floriaan Devloo-Delva (University of Tasmania): From rivers to ocean basins – quantifying sex-specific connectivity in elasmobranchs (Associate Supervisor)

Michael Grant (James Cook University): Conservation of euryhaline elasmobranchs in Papua New Guinea (Associate Supervisor)

Robin Leppitt (Charles Darwin University): The conservation ecology of the Alligator Rivers Yellow Chat (Epthianura crocea tunneyi) (Associate Supervisor)

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor, University of Melbourne

PhD, Chondrichthyans and the Queensland East Coast Trawl Fishery: Bycatch reduction, biology, conservation status and sustainability, University of Queensland


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