Naima Andrea López

PhD candidate


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

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PhD title: Understanding spatial patterns and demographic structure of highly migratory pelagic sharks.

Start date: 04 Feb, 2019

I studied in Spain, where I received my Honours in Biological Sciences with majors in Zoology and Ecology from the University of Vigo, and my MSc degree in Biodiversity Conservation from the University of Barcelona. After this I had the opportunity to take part in conservation efforts, such as tagging giant Bluefin tunas in Moroccan waters and documenting the work of sustainable fisheries in the Mediterranean Sea with the World Wildlife Fund, and studying sea lions in the Galapagos Islands with the Galapagos National Park.


Always captivated by marine predators, I joined the Marine Futures Lab in February 2019 to start my PhD, studying highly migratory pelagic sharks. These oceanic sharks are highly susceptible to targeted fisheries, as well as by-catch and IUU fishing. Regardless of their vulnerable conservation status, they remain poorly understood and under-investigated. The aim of my PhD is to evaluate their demographic state and to understand the spatial and temporal distributions through non-extractive methods, such as BRUVS (Baited Remote Underwater Systems) and electronic tagging techniques, and eventually provide key data necessary for their conservation.