Senior Research Scientist
  • 1994 BSc Colorado State University
  • 1995 Post Graduate Diploma University of Queensland
  • 1999 PhD University of Queensland
  • 2011 Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching
Current Research Activities
My research focuses on the movement and ecology of marine predators. Current projects include:
  • long-term monitoring of inshore predators within a dynamic coastal system
  • movement of coral reef predators in relation to environmental conditions
  • connectivity of reef habitats for mobile predator species
  • analysis of marine park zoning in the context of predator movement
Through these projects I aim to refine our understanding of how marine predators interact with their environment and produce outcomes relevant to the management and conservation of these species.
Expert Committees and Boards
  • Scientific Advisory Committee Member for the Australian Animal Tracking and Monitoring System
  • Scientific Advisory Committee Member for the Ocean Tracking Network
  • Subject Editor for Marine and Coastal Fisheries
  • Review Editor for Aquatic Biology
  • Associate Editor for Animal Biotelemetry
  • Advisory Editor for Environmental Biology of Fishes
Over 100 science and technical papers in international journals. The following are a selection of recent publications.

Selected recent publications

Lédée EJI, Heupel MR, Tobin AJ and Simpfendorfer CA (2015) Movements and space use of giant trevally in coral reef habitats and the importance of environmental drivers. Animal Biotelemetry 3:6 doi:10.1186/s40317-015-0024-0

Heupel MR and Simpfendorfer CA (2015) Long-term movement patterns of a coral reef predator. Coral Reefs 34: 679-691

Yates PM, Heupel MR, Tobin AJ, Moore SK and Simpfendorfer CA (2015) Diversity in immature-shark communities along a tropical coastline. Marine and Freshwater Research 66: 399-410

Matley JK, Heupel MR and Simpfendorfer CA (2015) Depth and space use of leopard coralgrouper (Plectropomus leopardus) using passive acoustic tracking. Marine Ecology Progress Series 521: 201-216

Heupel MR, Simpfendorfer CA, Espinoza M, Smoothey A, Tobin AJ and Peddemors V (2015) Conservation challenges of sharks with continental scale migrations. Frontiers in Marine Science doi: 10.3389/fmars.2015.00012

Currey LM, Heupel MR, Simpfendorfer CA, Williams AJ (2014). Inferring movement patterns of a coral reef fish using oxygen and carbon isotopes in otolith carbonate. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 456: 18-25

Munroe SEM, Simpfendorfer CA, Heupel MR (2014) Generalists to specialists: A review of shark resource use strategies and trade-offs. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 24: 317-331

Heupel MR, Simpfendorfer CA (2014) Importance of environmental and biological drivers in the presence and space use of a reef-associated shark. Marine Ecology Progress Series 496: 47-57

Heupel MR,Knip DM, Simpfendorfer CA, Dulvy NK (2014) Sizing up the ecological role of sharks as predators. Marine Ecology Progress Series 495: 291-298

Udyawer V, Simpfendorfer CA, Chin A, Knip DM, Heupel MR (2013) Variable response of coastal sharks to severe tropical storms: environmental cues and changes in space use. Marine Ecology Progress Series 480: 171-183

Chin A, Tobin AJ, Heupel MR, Simpfendorfer CA (2013) Population structure and residency patterns of the blacktip reef shark Carcharhinus melanopterus in turbid coastal environments. Journal of Fish Biology 82: 1192-1210

Knip DM, Heupel MR, Simpfendorfer CA (2012) Evaluating marine protected areas for the conservation of tropical coastal sharks. Biological Conservation 148: 200-209.

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