Dr Charlotte Birkmanis

CSIRO STEM Professionals in Schools Program

Wildlife Scientist

Marine biologist | Shark researcher | Predator ecologist

Public speaker | Wildlife Science Communicator

Radio host | Podcast host

Mandarin Chinese speaker

BBC Naked Scientist Host & Producer

Superstar of STEM
Science and Techonology Australia
STEM Ambassador
Science and Techonology Australia

Current Working with Children Check

Current National Police Check

TEDx Oceans

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, keynote speaker and author actively engaged in researching and communicating predators and ecosystem conservation. She is interested in predator behaviour and ecology, the 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), has lived on three continents and as she lived, studied and taught in China, Charlotte speaks Mandarin Chinese. As an avid wildlife science communicator, Charlotte uses these skills on her radio and podcast and regularly gives talks both in person and online to interested groups worldwide. Charlotte was recently recognised as a Superstar of STEM with Science and Technology Australia and is also an Australian STEM Ambassador.

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

Currently advising on offshore renewable energy, her 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.