Shona  Murray

Masters completion


Centre for Marine Futures School of Biological Sciences & UWA Oceans Institute University of Western Australia M092 35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley, WA 6009 Email

Masters title: Understanding the spatial distribution and environmental preferences of silky sharks and their associated community assemblages.

Start date: May 2019

I completed my Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Biology at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom in 2018, and proceeded to study a Master of Science in Global Wildlife Health and Conservation. Having always harboured a love of marine biology, I decided to undertake the three-month research component of my masters at the Centre for Marine Futures. My project focuses on the silky shark, a species recently downgraded to Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. I aim to combine data from global stereo-BRUVs footage with remote sensed data of environmental conditions and fisheries data to build a more informed overview of their spatial distribution and identify potential threats to populations. I will also explore the extent to which silky sharks exhibit life history partitioning and investigate associated community assemblages, with the greater goal of informing future conservation management actions.