Specifically, my research focuses primarily on tagging sharks, tunas and mantas with various electronic tags to understand how they use the BIOT marine protected area (MPA). Additionally, I use biologging tags to understand the energetic output of these animals as well as how they interact with and utilize their environment. I am also using biologging tags to develop new methods to assess and survey underwater systems.
Biologging tags give us the opportunity to go on-board with marine animals and provide key insights into their behaviour and biology as never before.
Sentinel Species ResearchThe Ecology and Ecosystem Roles of Reef Sharks in the BIOT MPA
My other research is aimed at increasing our understanding and appreciation of sharks on local and global scales. I lead research projects in South Africa and California studying white sharks. Using my work on movements, energetics and behavior of highly mobile species, I am focused on shifting the current mantra from fear and apprehension of sharks to one of awe and inspiration.