Charlotte Birkmanis

University of Western Australia
Marine biologist | Shark researcher | Predator ecologist

Public speaker | Wildlife Science Communicator

Mandarin Chinese speaker

Radio host | Podcast host

CSIRO STEM Professionals in Schools Program

2021 BBC Naked Scientist Intern

2019 Fresh Scientist

Current Working with Children Check

Current National Police Check

Perth, WA

Contact me for

  • Mentoring
  • Sitting on boards or committees
  • Providing an expert opinion
  • Outreach activities
  • Conference presenting
  • Opportunities to collaborate


Dr Charlotte is a marine ecologist who is actively engaged in researching and communicating predators and ecosystem conservation. She has a research interest in predator behaviour and ecology, the ecological impacts of predator removal, and how the media portrays sharks and other predators. Always looking for answers, Charlotte has extensive presenting and travel experience (40+ countries and counting), and lived on three continents. Having lived, studied and taught in China, Charlotte speaks Mandarin Chinese. As an avid science communicator, Charlotte uses these skills to regularly give talks both in person and online to interested groups worldwide.

Having been involved in shark research for over 10 years, Charlotte is experienced in shark and ray:

  • monitoring
  • tagging
  • sampling (fin, blood, muscle etc)
  • filming

as well as analysing the data and reporting on:

  • where they are going and why
  • what they are eating
  • how many there are
  • how they behave

Charlotte's PhD research focused on where sharks are, why they are there and whether we are protecting them. To do this she spent over four months in the field and then used statistical models to determine where sharks are, why they are there, if their numbers are changing over time and where they are likely to be in the future with climate change. Alongside this, Charlotte has a BAppSc majoring in Ecology (awarded with Distinction) and a BA in International and Global Studies, majoring in Mandarin Chinese and a BSc(Honours first class) in shark and ray vertebral biomechanics.