Professor Charlie Huveneers


College of Science and Engineering

place Biological Sciences (140)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Professor Charlie Huveneers is the Director of Flinders University Marine and Coastal Research Consortium and leads the Southern Shark Ecology Group (SSEG). The SSEG research focuses on the ecology and population status of sharks and rays, as well as assessments of their vulnerability, interactions with humans, and related public perception. After Charlie obtained is PhD in 2007, he started co-running the Animal Tracking Facility (ATF) of the Integrated Marine Observing System program (IMOS), during which he created a national network of acoustic receivers. He moved to South Australia in 2009 to join MISA through a joint position between SARDI – Aquatic Sciences and Flinders University where he acted as shark ecologist and lecturer between 2009-2014. He has been a full-time academic at Flinders University since, with his current research focusing on positive and negative shark-human interactions providing empirical information to minimise the effects of wildlife tourism and test the efficacy of shark bite mitigation measures.



  • Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia)
  • PhD in Environmental Science awarded February 2007
  • The ecology and biology of wobbegong sharks (genus Orectolobus) in relation to the commercial fishery in New South Wales, Australia


  • University of Southampton (England)
  • BSc (Hons.) Oceanography with Marine Biology


  • Maryborough State High School (Australia).


  • Saint-Boniface-Parnasse (Belgium)
Honours, awards and grants
  • 2011, Co-author of runner-up for best poster at the Oceania Chondrichthyan Society Conference
  • 2011, Vice-Chancellor Early Career Research Award
  • 2010, South Australian Young Tall Poppy Finalist
  • 2009, Unsung Hero of the year 2009
  • 2007, Award from the Fondation de la Vocation, Belgium, $10,000
  • 2006, Commendation from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
  • 2006, American Elasmobranch Society student travel award
  • 2004, John Glover Award (Australian Society for Fish Biology student travel award)
  • 2001, Dean's List BSc (Hons.) University of Southampton
Key responsibilities
  • SA-IMOS deputy node leader
  • AATAMS Scientific Committee member
  • AATAMS data Sub-committee member
  • AATAMS receiver pool Committee member
  • IUCN SSC Shark Specialist Group member
  • Shark Resource Assessment Group Observer
Teaching interests
  • Biology and Ecology of Chondrichthyes (sharks, rays, and chimaeras)
  • Shark conservation
  • Fisheries sciences
  • Acoustic telemetry
  • Behavioural ecology
Topic coordinator
BIOL3752 Fisheries Science and Management
BIOL8752 Fisheries Science and Management
BIOL2704 Biology Practicum - Marine Internship
BIOL7733 New Colombo Plan - Palau
Topic lecturer
BIOL1171 Introduction to Animal behaviour
BIOL1301 Introduction to Marine Biology
BIOL3752 Fisheries Science and Management
BIOL2106 Animal Handling and husbandry
Supervisory interests
Animal behaviour
Fisheries sustainability
Marine animals
Marine park planning
Sharks and rays, biology
Sharks, rays and chimaeras, conservation
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Marine biology & Ecology (2), Shark and ray ecology and biology (3)
Associate supervisor: Molecular biology (1), Fisheries sustainability (1)
Principal supervisor: Shark and ray ecology and biology (3)
Associate supervisor: Human perception of wildlife tourism (1), Shark and ray ecology and biology (3)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Holly Frazer

Winner of the OCS annual conference Student presentation - OCT 2012

Sasha Whitmarsh & Lauren Meyer

SciSc Rapid Fire Awards - SEP 2016

Matt Heard

Flinders Univeristy overseas travel scholarship - OCT 2012

Mick Drew

Commendation for the OCS annual conference Student presentation - OCT 2012

Lauren Meyer

OCS Best presentation award - SEP 2016

Sasha Whitmarsh

Science and Technology Award Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards Semi-Finalist - JUN 2017

Jessica Priess

AMSA SA student presentation award (Honours) - JUL 2017

Lauren Meyer

OCS Best presentation award - FEB 2018

Lauren Meyer

AES Gruber Award for Best Oral presentation - JUN 2018

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