Scientific research has an important role to play in the conservation of any species, and communicating results is imperative if we are to develop effective means of protecting shark populations. SOS has a strong background in scientific research, specifically focused on the sensory biology of sharks. By understanding how sharks use their senses to live most efficiently within their environment we can start to understand how our actions may impact them. We can also start to develop more effective shark deterrents to keep people safe and improve the public perception of sharks.
Below are publications that have come from SOS researchers. For publication requests contact us here.
Kempster RM, Egeberg CA, Hart NS, Ryan L, Chapuis L, Kerr CC, Schmidt C, Huveneers C, Gennari E, Yopak KE, Meeuwig J and Collin SP (2013) How close is too close? The effect of a non-lethal electric shark deterrent on white shark behaviour. PLoS One 11(7): e0157717 OPEN ACCESS
Collin SP, Kempster RM and Yopak KE (2015) How Elasmobranchs Sense their Environment. In: (Shadwick RE, Farrell AP and Brauner CJ eds.) Physiology of Elasmobranch Fishes: Structure and Interaction with Environment. Academic Press 34(1): 422
Kempster RM, Egeberg CA, Hart NS and Collin SP (2015) Electrosensory-driven feeding behaviours of the Port Jackson shark (Heterodontus portusjacksoni) and western shovelnose ray (Aptychotrema vincentiana). Marine and Freshwater Research 67(2): 187-194
Kennedy M, Sant G, Kindleysides D, Prideaux M, Grady M, McCrea I, Altherr S, Llewellyn G, Knights P, Ender I, Goyenechea A and Kempster RM (2015) Letter of Expert Concern to the Australian Federal Government regarding CMS CoP11 Shark Listings and Australia's Reservations. 28 January 2015. OPEN ACCESS
Meeuwig J, Pauly D, Kempster RM and
Norse E (2014) Letter of
Expert Concern to the WA Environmental Protection Authority on the
State Government Proposal for a 3 -Year Lethal Drum Line Program as
Part of its Shark Hazard Mitigation Strategy. 21 July 2014.
Egeberg CA, Kempster RM, Theiss SM, Hart NS and Collin SP (2014) The Distribution and Abundance of Electrosensory Pores in Two Benthic Sharks: the wobbegong shark Orectolobus maculatus, and the angel shark Squatina australis. Marine and Freshwater Research 65(11): 1003-1008.
Sewell BH, Kempster RM,
Treece AA, Roelandt V, Cano-Stocco D, Young SB, Levine M, Baker J,
Whitcraft S, Kuruc M and McGuire D (2014) Open letter to
the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to list the Northwest
Atlantic population of dusky sharks as "threatened" under the
Endangered Species Act (ESA). 17 July 2014.
Kempster RM, Garza-Gisholt E, Egeberg CA, Hart NS, O’Shea OR and Collin SP (2013) Sexual dimorphism of the electrosensory system: A quantitative analysis of nerve axons in the dorsal anterior lateral line nerve of the blue spotted fantail stingray (taeniura lymma). Brain , Behavior and Evolution OPEN ACCESS
Kempster RM, Hunt DM, Human BA, Egeberg CA and Collin SP (2013) First record of the mandarin dogfish Cirrhigaleus barbifer (Chondrichthyes: Squalidae) from Western Australia. Marine Biodiversity Records.
Kempster RM, McCarthy ID and Collin SP (2012) Phylogenetic and ecological factors influencing the number and distribution of electroreceptors in elasmobranches. Journal of Fish Biology 80(5): 2055-2088
Kempster RM (2007) Distribution of ampullary pores in elasmobranchs in relation to feeding ecology and phylogeny with specific reference to Mustelus asterias and Mustelus mustelus (Triakidae). M.Sc. Thesis, University of Wales, Bangor