School of Biological Sciences
Research Fellow Sea Around Us – Indian Ocean
University of Western Australia (UWA)
Dr Gabriel Vianna is a post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Sea Around Us – Indian Ocean research initiative at the University of Western Australia. As a marine scientist, Gabe specialises in fisheries science and focuses on applying his expertise to important marine conservation issues. Gabe has a strong professional interest in shark ecology, and worked for several years as a marine scientist for conservation organizations in Brazil, using his technical expertise to translate scientific knowledge into science-based fisheries management recommendations to improve management of small-scale and industrial fisheries.
Gabe conducted his PhD in marine ecology at UWA, where he examined the potential of shark-diving tourism as a tool for conservation, working throughout the Indo-Pacific, including Palau, Fiji, Borneo and Australia. His experiences are influenced by years working as a field marine biologist and dive instructor on the Great Barrier Reef, where he participated in several shark research and conservation projects, while also taking tourist to dive with sharks and learn about the key role sharks play in keeping the ocean ecosystems healthy.