Dr. Heupel is an ARC Future Fellow jointly based at AIMS and JCU. Her postdoctoral experience includes a period at the Center for Shark Research at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida where she was a principal researcher in the Elasmobranch Behavioral Ecology Program. She is currently a member of the Threatened Species Scientific Committee, a member of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group, and acts as a Subject Editor for the International Journal of Marine and Coastal Fisheries.

Dr. Simpfendorfer is the Director of the Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture at JCU. He has had more than 25 years experience researching sharks, and has published extensively in the scientific literature on shark biology, ecology, fisheries and conservation. His expertise on sharks has been recognized by his appointment as the Co-Chair of the IUCN’s Shark Specialist Group and as the Chair of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority’s Shark Resource Assessment Group.

Sharks play an important role in marine ecosystems but are facing increasing pressure from fishing and other anthropogenic factors. Along the Queensland coast inshore waters play an important role as nursery areas for sharks. However, the same inshore waters are also most prone to fisheries exploitation and effects of freshwater discharge from coastal streams and rivers. This project will examine the importance of different types of inshore habitat (protected bay vs.

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