Charlotte Birkmanis

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  • The University of Western Australia (M470), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Charlotte bridges the gap between academia, industry and the public and is known as the 'Public Relations Manager' for oceans, sharks and other misunderstood predators. As a Superstar of STEM and STEM Ambassador with Science and Technology Australia as well as hosting and presenting podcasts and radio shows, Charlotte communicates the latest science in bite-sized pieces with her children's books and freelance writing. An award-winning science communicator and scriptwriter featured in various media (eg BBC, ABC and World Fringe Festival), she regularly presents to interested groups worldwide.

Charlotte is an experienced consultant and project manager on offshore renewable, marine and freshwater fish and marine megafauna projects. A marine biologist and Indian Ocean explorer with a special interest in shark behaviour and movement, she actively researches and communicates predator and ecosystem conservation. Always looking for answers, she has extensive presenting and travel experience (40+ countries), has lived on three continents and speaks Mandarin Chinese.

Interested in predator behaviour and ecology, the impacts of predator removal and media portrayal of sharks and other predators, Charlotte has researched sharks and marine megafauna across Australia, the Pacific region, Asia and the Chagos Archipelago.

Her experience includes water and sediment quality, sampling for genetic and isotopic analysis, shark ecology (behaviour, diet, movement) and marine megafauna observation (MMO, MFO), management and salvage. Having been involved in marine megafauna (with a focus on shark) research for several years, she is experienced in:
• monitoring
• tagging
• sampling (fin, blood, muscle etc)
• filming using baited/diver-operated underwater video, drones, ROVs

as well as data analysis and reporting on:
• where they are going and why
• what they are eating
• how they behave
• how many there are and how populations change over time (including climate change)
• environmental management

Charlotte has a BAppSc in Ecology (with Distinction) and a BA in International and Global Studies (Mandarin Chinese) along with a BSc(Honours first class) in shark and ray vertebral biomechanics from the University of Queensland. Her PhD research focused on where sharks are, why they are there and whether their numbers have changed over time by developing statistical models to discover where sharks are now and where they are likely to be in the future with climate change (kinda like time travel). Charlotte’s career combines her passion for our oceans and experience as a consultant marine ecologist to highlight the importance of sharks in our oceans.



Mandarin Chinese

Research interests

  • Marine biology
  • Sharks
  • Predator movement and behaviour
  • Climate change
  • Conservation
  • Science communication
  • Food webs
  • Trophic cascades
  • Predator ecology
  • Reef fish
  • Statistical modelling
  • Habitat modelling

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Marine biology, marine protected areas, pelagic sharks, sharks, statistics, PhD, Spatial and temporal distribution of Indo-Pacific pelagic sharks, The University of Western Australia

Award Date: 17 Dec 2022

Ecology, Bachelor of Applied Science - Awarded with Distinction, Queensland University of Technology

Mandarin Chinese, International and Global Studies, Bachelor of Arts, Queensland University of Technology

Biomechanics and marine biology, Bachelor of Science - Awarded with First Class Honours, Elasmobranch vertebral structure and material properties in relation to function, University of Queensland

External positions

State representative, Australian Society for Fish Biology

2023 → …

General Council, Oceania Chondrichthyan Society

2023 → …

Superstar of STEM, Science and Technology Australia

2023 → …

STEM Ambassador, Science and Technology Australia

2021 → …

Secretary, Australian Marine Sciences Association


Student representative, Australian Marine Sciences Association


Industry keywords

  • Oceans
  • Environmental
  • Communications

Research expertise keywords

  • Sharks
  • Marine biology
  • Ecology
  • Climate change
  • Science communication
  • Science engagement
  • Science outreach
  • Predator ecology
  • Marine biodiversity and conservation
  • Trophic interactions
  • Predator–prey interactions
  • Predictive modelling
  • Statistical modelling and analysis
  • Offshore wind
  • Offshore renewables
  • Food web ecology
  • Marine ecology
  • Biomechanics
  • Vertebral biomechanics
  • Conservation biology
  • Marine conservation


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