Big Ideas 2015

Andy Davis Profile

Prof. Andrew Davis 

 

"My research interests include human impacts on natural systems, including the impact of introduced marine pests, chemical ecology and defensive strategies in marine invertebrates".


Avoiding the great Australian bite: exploring alternatives to beach meshing for sharks

The safety of many Australian beachgoers is currently reliant on 19th century technology.  A long-standing shark-meshing program is purported to protect swimmers on more than 50 NSW beaches.  While the efficacy of these nets in protecting swimmers is debated, their ability to destroy harmless marine life is well established.  Annually, these nets entangle and kill an array of marine creatures, some of them critically endangered!  So what are the alternatives?  In this talk, Professor Andrew Davis will consider some of the technological advances based on our improving understanding of the behaviour and movements of dangerous sharks.  


Prof. Andrew Davis is the Director of the Institute for Conservation Biology & Environmental Management. His research interests include human impacts on natural systems, including the impact of introduced marine pests, chemical ecology and defensive strategies in marine invertebrates.

Last reviewed: 7 September, 2015