Brooke D'Alberto

Portrait of Brooke D'Alberto

Improving the global conservational biology of wedgefish and guitarfish

Brooke D'Alberto completed her BSc. in Marine Biology (2013) and MSc. in Fisheries Biology and Management (2016) at James Cook University. For her masters, she investigated the age, growth and maturity of oceanic whitetip sharks from Papua New Guinea.

Currently, Brooke is undertaking her PhD at JCU and CSIRO, studying the global conservational biology of wedgefish and guitarfish. This project will increase the biological information available to guide conservation efforts for these threatened species, on a regional (for Indonesia and Southeast Asia) and global scale, such as detailed life history (age, growth and reproduction), species distribution, abundance and diversity, population productivity and extinction risk. This information will then be used to inform international conservation arrangements such as CITES, CMS and FAO, as well as local fishery risk assessments and management plans, and to increase awareness of the conservation issues surrounding this group of shark-like-rays. This project is supported by the Shark Conservation Fund.