Christine Dudgeon holds a PhD in Biology from the University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, and specializes in the population ecology of sharks. Currently based at UQ her research uses a range of techniques – including genetics, telemetry, tagging, citizen science, statistical modeling and SCUBA diving – to address questions on the ecology and evolution of marine species and their populations. She has worked across marine taxa from corals through to whales and is currently focused primarily on sharks, rays and bony fishes.
An advocate for communication, Chris co-founded the Oceania Chondrichthyan Society – the shark and ray society for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Career highlights include her 2013 description of a new species of Indonesian walking shark (Hemiscyllium halmahera; a member of the longtail carpet shark family) and her ongoing work with “Spot the Leopard Shark: Thailand”, a successful citizen science program.