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Shark researcher named a tall poppy

SARDI Aquatics and Flinders University shark researcher, Dr Charlie Huveneers, has been named one of eight South Australian finalists in the  2010 Young Tall Poppies of Science awards.

Dr Huveneers’ research includes underwater surveys, tagging and biopsy sampling of sharks, using a variety of acoustic and satellite-linked tracking devices to collect data on swimming patterns, residence times, migratory corridors as well as water depths and temperatures.

“The general goal is to develop a better understanding of sharks’ behavior, and their role in the marine ecosystem, which has implications for the fishing and ecotourism industries and for beach safety as well,” said Dr Huveneers.

The annual Young Tall Poppy Science Awards are an integral part of the Tall Poppy Campaign initiated in 1998 by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science (AIPS) to recognise and celebrate Australian intellectual and scientific excellence and to engage the wider public with science and encourage younger Australians to follow in the footsteps of our outstanding achievers.

The SA Young Tall Poppy of the Year will be announced on Friday, August 13.


 

Dr Charlie Huveneers prepares to attach an acoustic tag to a Great White Shark

Dr Charlie Huveneers prepares to attach an acoustic tag to a Great White Shark.
Photo courtesy Patrice Héraud

Great white shark with acoustic tag which can pinpoint the shark's position to within one metre

Great white shark with acoustic tag which can pinpoint the shark’s position to within one metre.
Photo courtesy Fox Shark Research Foundation.