Doctor Charlie Huveneers has been involved in Chondrichthyan research for over 10 years. Research collaboration has brought him to study various species of sharks at several locations around the world. These include projects on basking sharks, white sharks, Carcharhinus sharks, grey nurse sharks, lemon sharks and leopard sharks.
He started his PhD at Macquarie University in 2007 on the biology and ecology of wobbegong sharks in relation to the commercial fishery in NSW. In 2007, he started running the Australian Acoustic Tagging and Monitoring System (AATAMS) part of the Integrated Marine Observing System program (IMOS) during which he deployed acoustic receivers around Australia and created a national network of acoustic telemetry users.
He has now join MISA through a joint position between SARDI - Aquatic Sciences and Flinders University where he acts as shark ecologist and lecturer, respectively.
: Novel techniques to investigate dietary analysis
; Pelagic sharks ecology and sustainability
: Efficiency of Marine Parks for elasmobranchs
: Shark abundance and diversity
Since starting working on sharks, I have submitted, nine public submissions, provided popular articles to 14 different magazines and non-governmental agencies (Nature Conservation Council and Council Conservation of South Australia), and won the public prize award for one of them. I have also given 11 public talks to audiences such as scuba-diving clubs, high school students, Rotary clubs, and aquarium visitors. I have given over 45 interviews to magazine, radio, and television nationally (e.g, ABC radio and television, Channel 7, 9, and 10, the Manly Daily, The Age, The Australian, Daily Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald, The Advertiser), but also internationally (i.e, Canada, Italy, Hawaii, England, Belgium).
Furthermore, our research on wobbegong sharks was covered by over 40 media features. I have provided support and help to several high school student and was also a collaborator in the creation of a website aimed to facilitate greater public understanding of the ecological roles and significance of pelagic sharks (www.henrythesealion.com). Local schools have shown interest in including aspects of the webpage in teaching programs. In 2003, I became an honorary member of the Shark Trust for the help I provided for several years. I have also created a research project involving the recreational diving community to estimate the relative abundance of sharks in NSW.