Senior Sharks Campaigner
Sharks have fascinated Leo all his life. Growing up he always dreamt of one day becoming a marine biologist. In 2016 he completed a PhD at Monash University investigating the effects of commercial fishing on shark and ray populations – specifically, how the stress of capture affected their survival, behaviour, and reproduction. During this PhD he co-founded an eNGO and through collective experiences developed a deep appreciation of the power of science, communication and community empowerment. As of August 2018, Leo was appointed to lead the “Shark Champions” campaign with AMCS. We are inspired by his expertise and can see that he is deeply committed to the conservation of sharks and rays. Leo is looking forward to working with the broader Australian community to deliver conservation outcomes that protect our sharks, rays, and the oceans we all depend on.