Colin Simpfendorfer

Coral Triangle Lead Scientist


  Director, Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture

  Professor, College of Marine and Environmental Sciences



Dr. Simpfendorfer specializes in applied research to improve the management and conservation of shark and ray populations. He has published extensively on shark biology, ecology, fisheries and conservation in a number of prestigious scientific journals. He has helped build a research group focused on improving understanding of sharks and how best to conserve and manage their populations.


   What are the best ways to conserve and manage shark populations?

   What is the status of commercially fished shark populations?

   Coral Triangle Region

   Status and sustainable use of elasmobranch populations.

   Science for the conservation of elasmobranch populations.

   Nursery areas for sharks.

   Analytical tools for acoustic monitoring studies.

   Active member of the World Conservation Union’s Shark Specialist Group.

   Leader of the U.S. Smalltooth Sawfish Recovery Planning Team.

   Co-chair of International Union for Conservation of Nature Shark Specialist Group