Associate Professor Charlie Huveneers

Associate Professor

College of Science and Engineering

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

Associate Professor Charlie Huveneers lead the Southern Shark Ecology Group (SSEG) research lab at Flinders University. The SSEG delivers high quality research on the biology, ecology and population status of chondrichthyan (sharks, rays, skates, and chimaeras), as well as assessments of their vulnerability to fishing pressure, interactions with humans and related public perception. The primary aims of our research include the determination of life history characteristics of sharks to improve assessments of their vulnerabilities to human, environmental and climatic impact, and investigations of their movement dynamics and residency patterns using various tracking tools including acoustic telemetry and satellite tagging.

Over the years, he has worked on a wide range of species including wobbegongs, Port Jackson sharks, grey reef sharks, bronze whalers, dusky sharks, blacktip reef sharks, nervous sharks, smooth rays, fiddler rays, and white sharks.

He started his PhD at Macquarie University in 2003 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 joined MISA through a joint position between SARDI - Aquatic Sciences and Flinders University where he acted as shark ecologist and Lecturer between 2009 and 2014. Since 2014, he has been at Flinders University full-time.

  • 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 (Obtained: First class)
Biological related statistics, economics of the environment, physical and chemical oceanography, analytical chemistry, marine ecology, marine plants and animals, estuaries environment, primary production, sedimentation, fisheries and aquaculture, oceanography field course, marine benthos and shelf dynamics


  • 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
Research expertise
Research interests
  • Biology and Ecology of Chondrichthyes (sharks, rays, and chimaeras)
  • Shark conservation
  • Fisheries science
  • Acoustic telemetry
  • Behavioural ecology
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
BIOL3721 Research in Animal Behaviour
BIOL3752 Fisheries Science and Management
BIOL2711 Ecology
BIOL3700 Biology Research Project
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: Shark and ray ecology and biology (3), Fisheries sustainability (1)
Associate supervisor: Marine ecology & biology (2), Marine mammal ecology (1), Molecular biology (1)
Principal supervisor: Shark and ray ecology and biology (1)
Associate supervisor: Marine ecology & biology (1)
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

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