Principal Investigator: Pacific Ocean
Principal Research Fellow, James Cook University
Dr. Heupel is currently involved in projects examining the long-term residence and movements of inshore and reef predators including sharks, rays, and large teleost fishes. This research will include defining how individuals use space in relation to human activities (e.g. fishing, marine park zoning, boating) and environmental change (e.g. response to salinity, temperature change or extreme weather events). Defining underlying mechanisms for movement is a key aspect of this research. Other research interests include continuing to explore the role of shark nursery areas to the biology and ecology of coastal species and examining parasites of sharks.
How do individuals use space in relation to human activities (i.e. fishing, marine park zoning, boating)?
How do individuals use space in relation to environmental change (i.e. response to salinity, temperature change or extreme weather events)?
Long-term monitoring of inshore predators within a dynamic coastal system.
Movement of coral reef predators in relation to environmental conditions.
Connectivity of reef habitats for mobile predator species.
Analysis of marine park zoning in the context of predator movement.
Member of the Threatened Species Scientific Committee.
Member of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group.
Subject Editor for Marine and Coastal Fisheries.