SOS Publications


ElasmobranchsScientific 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.



Ryan LA, Chapuis L, Hemmi JM, Collin SP, McCauley RD, Yopak KE, Gennari E, Huveneers C, Kempster RM, Kerr CC, Schmidt C, Egeberg CA and Hart NS (2017) Effects of auditory and visual stimuli on shark feeding behaviour: the disco effect. Marine Biology 165: 11.



Kempster RM and Collin SP (2016) Submission #59 to the NSW shark management review. Parliament of New South Wales  OPEN ACCESS

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 (2016) 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

Kempster RM and Collin SP (2016) Finally, a proven way to keep great white sharks at arm's length. The Conversation Website. July 4, 2016 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

Garza-Gisholt, Kempster RM, Hart NS and Collin SP (2015) Visual Specializations in Five Sympatric Species of Stingrays from the Family Dasyatidae. Brain, Behavior and Evolution 85(4): 218-233

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



Schifiliti M, McLean DL, Langois TJ, Birt MJ, Barnes P and Kempster RM (2014) Are Depredation rates by Reef Sharks Influenced by Fisher Behaviour? PeerJ PrePrints 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. OPEN ACCESS

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. OPEN ACCESS

Kempster RM and Collin SP (2014) Iconic Species: White Sharks, Whale Sharks and Basking Sharks In: Sharks: Conservation, Governance and Management (Eds. E. Techera and N. Klein).

Kempster RM (2014) The role of electroreception in elasmobranchs. Ph.D. Thesis, University of Western Australia, Australia.



Kempster RM and Collin SP (2013) How to prevent shark attacks. The Conversation Website. November 29, 2013 OPEN ACCESS

Camilieri-Asch V, Kempster RM, Collin SP, Johnstone R and Theiss SM (2013) A comparison of the electrosensory morphology of a euryhaline and a marine stingray. Zoology

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

O'Shea OR, Thums M, van Keulen M, Kempster RM and Meekan MG (2013) Dietary partitioning by five sympatric species of stingray (Dasyatidae) on coral reefs. Journal of Fish Biology 

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, Hart NS and Collin SP (2013) Survival of the stillest: Predator avoidance in shark embryos. PLoS One 8(1): e52551 OPEN ACCESS



Kempster RM (2012) Policy sharks bite. Government News 32 (5) OPEN ACCESS

Kempster RM (2012) Does WA have a problem with sharks, or with the media? The Conversation Website. October 2, 2012 OPEN ACCESS

Kempster RM (2012) Jumping into shark infested waters: How I became a shark biologist. Asian Diver Magazine. Issue 4 OPEN ACCESS

Fitzpatrick J, Kempster RM, Daly-Engel T, Collin SP and Evans J (2012) Postcopulatory sexual selection in elasmobranchs. Journal of Fish Biology 80(5): 1141-1158

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 (2011) A great day for Western Australia's sharks, and for public safety. The Conversation Website. November 16, 2011 (Alt. Link) OPEN ACCESS

Wueringer B and Kempster RM (2014) Open letter to the Western Australian Government from 100+ scientists opposed to the proposed lethal shark mitigation policy. 11 November 2011. OPEN ACCESS

Kempster RM (2011) Cull or be killed: is this really the solution to shark attacks? The Conversation Website. October 24, 2011 (Alt. Link) OPEN ACCESS

Kempster RM (2014) Submission to Australia's second National Plan of Action for the Conservation and Management of Sharks 2012 (Shark-plan 2). 25 July 2011. OPEN ACCESS

Kempster RM and Collin SP (2011) Electrosensory pore distribution and feeding in the basking shark, Cetorhinus maximus (Lamniformes: Cetorhinidae). Aquatic Biology 12:33-36

Kempster RM and Collin SP (2011) Electrosensory pore distribution and feeding in the megamouth shark, Megachasma pelagios (Lamniformes: Megachasmidae). Aquatic Biology 11:225-228



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