Ms Charlotte Birkmanis

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PhD Candidate (UWA Oceans Institute and School of Biological Sciences)
The University of Western Australia
Perth, WA, Australia


animal, anthropogenic effects, behaviour, boat, chondrichthyans, climate change, conservation, drone, ecological modelling, education, elasmobranch, elasmobranch vertebral column, environment, fisheries, habitat use, marine, marine biology, marine conservation, marine ecology, marine ecosystems, marine environment, marine megafauna, ocean health, ocean pollution, pelagic, predators, science, science communication, science outreach, shark ecology, sharks and rays, species distribution, statistical modelling, STEAM, STEM, trophic cascades, trophic ecology, women in science, zoology,Australian EEZ, Indian ocean


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Previous media experience

As an avid science communicator, Charlotte regularly presents both in person and online to interested groups of all ages. She has featured as a shark specialist on a Q&A expert panel for Shark Week, presented as part of SciTech's 'Meet the Scientist' program and been interviewed on (live) ABC radio, podcasts and in print.


Charlotte is a marine ecologist who is actively engaged in researching and communicating conservation of sharks, predators and ecosystems. Having been involved in shark research for over 10 years, Charlotte is experienced in working with sharks, as well as analysing the data to see where they are going and why, what they are eating, how many there are and how they behave. She has traveled extensively (40+ countries and counting), lived on three continents and speaks Mandarin Chinese. Charlotte has a research interest in the ecological impacts of predator removal, and how the media portrays sharks and other predators

Charlotte has a BAppSc majoring in Ecology (awarded with Distinction) and a BA in International and Global Studies, majoring in Mandarin Chinese and a BSc(Honours first class) in shark and ray vertebral biomechanics. She is currently completing her PhD at the University of Western Australia focused on where sharks are, why they are there and whether we are protecting them in our marine parks. To do this she uses statistical models to determine where sharks were in the past, where they are now and where they are likely to be in the future under various climate change scenarios.

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Mandarin Chinese
Last updated: 27 Jul 2020