THE
EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

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Dr Brittany "Brit" Finucci

President

Fisheries Scientist

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), New Zealand

"OCS has always been a great introduction to the chondrichthyan community regionally and globally, particularly when you’re stuck in a more isolated part of the world. I’m excited to help the society continue to grow and look forward to connecting more shark-loving researchers across Southeast Asia and the Pacific."

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Adrienne Gooden

Treasurer

Honours Student

Southern Shark Ecology Group, Flinders University, Australia

"My first introduction to OCS was in 2018 where I attended my first conference on Stradbroke Island as an undergraduate. I was met with a warm, welcoming and encouraging group of scientists who were willing to help me succeed and grow. Being part of OCS will give me the opportunity to meet, connect and collaborate with like-minded passionate shark scientists and pay forward the kindness shown to me."

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Dr Justin Rizzari

Vice-President

Fisheries Scientist/ Lecturer in Fisheries Science
 

Deakin University, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Australia

"While I love all things sharks, rays, and chimaeras, when it comes to the OCS community it always feels like you are catching up with true friends rather than just colleagues. Connecting with others to share ideas and network with those who are passionate about similar things as you is always great!."

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Dr Samantha Sherman

Secretary

Post-doctoral Research Fellow

Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada

TRAFFIC, Cambridge, UK

"OCS was the first conference I went to during my Masters and I met a great group of impressive and welcoming people. Being involved in OCS I am looking forward to being part of a community of shark scientists that I can learn from and collaborate with."

THE GENERAL COUNCIL

Victoria Camilleri-Asch
 

Luciana Cerqueira Ferreira
 

Barbara Wueringer
 

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Cassie Rigby

Adjunct Senior Research Fellow

James Cook University

Red List Authority Coordinator

IUCN SSC Shark Specialist Group

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Bonnie Holmes

Lecturer in Animal Ecology

HEA Associate Fellow

School of Science, Technology & Engineering

University of the Sunshine Coast

Neil Hutchinson
 

Helen Armstrong
 

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Asia Haines

Research Fellow

Project Manta / Leaf to Reef

University of the Sunshine Coast

Florencia Cerutti
 

Leontine Baje
 

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Michael Grant

Adjunct Research Fellow

Fish & Fisheries Lab

Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture

James Cook University

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Madeline Green

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Marine Monitoring & Surveillance

Oceans & Atmosphere |  CSIRO

Adjunct Researcher

University of Tasmania

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Richard Reina

Professor and Head of the Ecophysiology and Conservation lab


School of Biological Sciences

Monash University

www.richardreina.com

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Madalyn Cooper

Researcher

Minderoo Foundation

Perth

THE COMMUNICATIONS TEAM

Newsletter Editors

Michael Heldsinger
 

Social Media

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Brit Finucci

OCS President

Fisheries Scientist

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research 

Website Editors

Sponsorship

Adam Barnett
 

Cynthia Awruch
 

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Darren Wong

PhD Student

Fisheries Ecology

School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Deakin University

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Brooke D'Alberto

PhD Student

Fish and Fisheries Lab

James Cook University and CSIRO

IUCN SSG Shark Specialist Group

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Sushmita Mukherji

Research Technician

University of Tasmania

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Lachlan George

PhD Student

Fisheries and Aquaculture

Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies

University of Tasmania