Sharks. Few animals on earth capture our imagination like they do.

Every summer it seems there are more reported shark attacks at our beaches, but is the number of attacks really on the rise or is there just more media coverage?

This month our expert panel will dive into the physiology of sharks, which factors contribute to shark attacks and how we can best mitigate these risks.

We’ll also hear more about the exciting discovery of Leonie the Leopard Shark's switch from sexual to asexual reproduction.

Watch the recording

Recording of "Sharks: A deep dive" lecture (YouTube, 1h:13m:29s)

Meet the presenters

Associate Professor Ian Tibbetts

Associate Professor Ian Tibbetts is the Director of the Centre for Marine Science at The University of Queensland (UQ).  He teaches ichthyology and marine biology and has published on a substantial range of different sized fish, from gobies to tiger sharks.


Dr Christine Dudgeon

Dr Christine Dudgeon is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Shark and Ray Laboratory and Molecular Fisheries Laboratories at UQ. Chris investigates the population ecology and evolution of marine organisms.


Dr Blake Chapman

Dr Blake Chapman is a UQ graduate of marine developmental neuroscience and ecology. Blake’s research now focuses on the science of shark attack in an effort to better understand these events for the benefits of both humans and sharks.


About BrisScience

BrisScience is a monthly lecture series that brings science out of the labs and to the people, making it accessible to all – from scientists, to scientists-at-heart.

Run by The University of Queensland, BrisScience has been delivering engaging lectures on diverse topics from local and international scientists for over a decade.

BrisScience speakers are leaders in their given fields and deliver dynamic presentations based on cutting-edge research.

The University of Queensland has been running BrisScience since 2005, bringing the best and brightest scientific minds to the people of Brisbane – from early career researchers to Nobel Laureates!

Time6:30pm to 7:30pm (light refreshments 7:30-8pm)
VenueThe Edge, State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Bank
CostFree - Eventbrite ticket required


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