Global Shark Movement

People

Prof. David Sims

Marine ecologist and lead co-ordinator of the Global Shark Movement Project and chair of its Steering Committee.

He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Marine Biological Association Laboratory in Plymouth, UK, and Professor of Marine Ecology at the University of Southampton in the National Oceanography Centre Southampton, UK.

His research focuses on the behavioural ecology of pelagic shark movements and spatial distributions, the environmental constraints, and the consequences of anthropogenic impacts.

Research awards include the Fisheries Society of the British Isles Medal (2007) and the Stanley Gray Silver Medal of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (2008). He was elected a Member of Academia Europaea in 2016.

Dr. Nuno Queiroz

GSMP co-ordinator and Steering Committee member

Nuno is a Principal Investigator at the Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos (CIBIO-InBIO) in the Universidade do Porto, Portugal. He is a GSMP co-ordinator and Steering Committee member.

His research investigates how environmental heterogeneity affects shark movement patterns and behaviour, and what the consequences might be for large-scale spatial distributions. A current interest is in development of novel bio-logging tags for sharks.

He has held a prestigious Postdoctoral Scholarship awarded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT).

Dr. Ana Sequeira

Marine ecologist and a GSMP Steering Committee member

She holds a prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) DECRA Research Fellowship at The University of Western Australia’s Oceans Institute and supported by the Australian Institute of Marine Science in Perth, Australia.

Research investigates the movement patterns of highly migratory marine megafauna species, such as sharks, seals and whales, and how they will respond to increasing pressures including marine industrial developments and environmental change. To achieve this, she leads the international Marine Megafauna Movement Analytical Program (MMMAP).

Dr. Nick Humphries

Co-ordinator and Steering Committee member

Nick is a computational biologist and a postdoctoral research associate at the Marine Biological Association Laboratory, Plymouth, UK.

He is a GSMP co-ordinator responsible for database design and management and is a Steering Committee member.

His research applies computational methods (analysis, modelling and simulations) to the study of the behavioural ecology of marine predators. A special focus is writing software for the sophisticated analysis of electronic tag data.

Dr Alison Kock

GSMP Steering Committee member

She is a marine biologist at the Cape Research Centre, South African National Parks (SANParks) and a research associate with the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity and the Institute for Communities and Wildlife in Africa.

Her research fields are broad and range from investigating the behavioural ecology of coastal sharks and drivers of movement, to evaluating the effectiveness of marine protected areas. She leads research and long-term ecological monitoring projects in four marine protected areas in the Northern and Western Cape of South Africa.

She is a member of several scientific working groups, including the Top Predator and National Marine Biodiversity Scientific Working Groups led by the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries.