Jennifer Ovenden

Jennifer Ovenden is an Associate Professor at the University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia) and head of the Molecular Fisheries Laboratory. Her undergraduate honours degree was from the Australian National University in Canberra and PhD from the University of New South Wales in Sydney. Over more than 30 years, Jennifer has worked on the genetics of populations of wild animals. The majority of projects have focussed on species harvested (or impacted) by fisheries in Australia and other nations in the southern hemisphere. Species include molluscs, crustaceans, bony fish, sharks and rays. Jennifer has worked with allozyme loci, mitochondrial DNA, microsatellites and lately genomic data. Jennifer worked for the Queensland government as a research scientist for many years, as well as at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, Tasmania. Jennifer is Associate Editor – “Marine and Freshwater Research” and “Fish and Fisheries” as well as a member of the scientific advisory board of the Australian SeaWorld Research and Rescue Foundation. Jennifer was a sponsored visiting scientist at the Museum of Natural History in Paris in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

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carlosCarlos Bustamante

Carlos is an ichthyologist specialising in the ecology and exploitation of cartilaginous fishes (sharks, rays, skates and chimaeras). Carlos obtained an honours degree in Marine Biology (BSc) in Chile and later, his PhD at The University of Queensland (UQ) studying biology, taxonomy and distribution of south-east Pacific cartilaginous fishes. Carlos has worked on applied fisheries research balancing ecosystems with economic development. Carlos was involved as research assistant on different projects in behalf of the Fisheries Research Fund (Fondo de Investigación Pesquera) in Chile, mainly on biological assessment of marine resources and environmental impact of artisanal fisheries. He was part of the team responsible for the design and implementation the Chilean National Plan of Action for conservation and management of sharks (and relatives), and the Regional Plan of Action commissioned by the Permanent Commission for the South Pacific (Comisión Permanente del Pacífico Sur), a RFMO including Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Chile. In 2009, he founded the “Programa de Conservación de Tiburones”, an NGO based in Valdivia (Chile) responsible of sharks research and public awareness. Currently, Carlos is working on bioinformatics and genomics of cartilaginous fishes as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Molecular Fisheries Laboratory at UQ.

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Christine Dudgeon

Chris’ work focusses on the ecology and evolution of marine populations and species, and their application to conservation and fisheries management. Chris employs a suite of techniques including genetics, acoustic telemetry, conventional and natural tagging (mark-recapture), and statistical modelling to investigate what comprises a population for marine species and how this changes in space and time, as well as identifying species and speciation processes. Chris obtained her undergraduate and honours degrees at James Cook University (JCU) and subsequently worked as a research assistant at JCU and the Australian Institute of Marine Science. Chris obtained her PhD at The University of Queensland (UQ) focusing on the ecology of the zebra shark in association with The Molecular Fisheries Laboratory (completed 2009). Currently, Chris is working on Project Manta in the Molecular Fisheries Laboratory at UQ.



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