Sharks. Few animals on earth capture our imagination like they do.

Every summer it seems there are more reported shark attacks at our beaches, but is the number of attacks really on the rise or is there just more media coverage?

This month our expert panel will dive into the physiology of sharks, which factors contribute to shark attacks and how we can best mitigate these risks.

We’ll also hear more about the exciting discovery of Leonie the Leopard Shark‘s switch from sexual to asexual reproduction.

For answers to all your shark questions and more, join us at our first BrisScience for 2017!

Meet the presenters:


Associate Professor Ian Tibbetts is the Director of the Centre for Marine Science at The University of Queensland (UQ).  He teaches ichthyology and marine biology and has published on a substantial range of different sized fish, from gobies to tiger sharks.


Dr Christine Dudgeon is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Shark and Ray Laboratory and Molecular Fisheries Laboratories at UQ. Chris investigates the population ecology and evolution of marine organisms.


Dr Blake Chapman is a UQ graduate of marine developmental neuroscience and ecology. Blake’s research now focuses on the science of shark attack in an effort to better understand these events for the benefits of both humans and sharks.

About UQ at World Science Festival Brisbane

The University of Queensland is proud to partner with the Queensland Museum for the inaugural World Science Festival Brisbane from 22-26 March 2017.

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Held annually in New York since 2008 the World Science Festival is now one of the most celebrated science festivals in the world, and this year it's coming back to Brisbane!

The University of Queensland is proud to showcase our expertise across all aspects of science through talks, panels and engaging science demonstrations during World Science Festival Brisbane.



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