Dr Peter Kyne

Dr Peter Kyne
peter.kyne@cdu.edu.au's picture
Senior Research Fellow
Primary research group: 
Aquatic Ecology and Management


Peter is a conservation biologist with interests in marine and freshwater systems, focusing on the collection of life history and ecological information to guide the management and conservation of biodiversity and assess population status and extinction risk. He has a background in fish biology, fisheries bycatch mitigation and fish conservation, particularly in relation to the chondrichthyan fishes (sharks, batoids and chimaeras), from freshwater systems to the deep-sea. He is an active member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Shark Specialist Group (SSG), holding the positons of Regional Vice-Chair (Australia and Oceania) and Red List Officer. His work with the SSG centres on undertaking global and regional assessments of extinction risk for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Current research focuses on the management and recovery of threatened species in northern Australia, in particular sawfishes and river sharks. Additionally, he has an interest in monitoring and managing threatened shorebird and terrestrial bird species.

Peter led the NERP (National Environmental Research Program) Marine Biodiversity Hub project ‘Supporting Management of Listed and Rare Species’, and is currently leading the NESP (National Environmental Science Program) Marine Biodiversity Hub project ‘Northern Australian Hotspots for the Recovery of Threatened Euryhaline Species’. These projects aim to improve the understanding and management of data-poor and low abundance threatened euryhaline and estuarine elasmobranch species (sharks and rays occurring in rivers and estuaries). Threatened sawfishes and river sharks of northern Australia represent the focal species, in particular the Largetooth Sawfish Pristis pristis, Speartooth Shark Glyphis glyphis and Northern River Shark Glyphis garricki. Details of these projects can be found at:



  • American Elasmobranch Society
  • Birdlife Australia
  • IUCN (the World Conservation Union) Species Survival Commission Shark Specialist Group
  • Northern Territory Field Naturalists Club
  • Oceania Chondrichthyan Society
  • Queensland Wader Study Group

People I work with

michael-douglas's picture
Prof Michael Douglas
Adjunct - Freshwater ecology & management
egarcia's picture
Dr. Erica A. Garcia
Lecturer & Senior Research Fellow
alison.king@cdu.edu.au's picture
Assoc Prof Alison King
Principle Research Fellow - Aquatic Ecology
david-crook's picture
Assoc Prof David Crook
Principal Research fellow
pierre-feutry's picture
Pierre Feutry
Alumni - Research Fellow
duncan-buckle's picture
Duncan Buckle
Alumni - Research Associate
ltaillebois's picture
Laura Taillebois
Postdoctoral Fellow (NAMRA)
ktyler's picture
Kyle Tyler
PhD Candidate
bbaker1's picture
Bryan Baker
PhD Student
jdavis's picture
Prof Jenny Davis
Head, School of Environment
dwedd's picture
Dion Wedd
Senior Research Assistant-Aquatic Ecology
kkeller's picture
Dr Krystle Keller
Research Fellow - Aquatic Ecology

My blog posts

peter.kyne@cdu.edu.au's picture

Many shark species possess biological traits, such as long lifespans and small litter sizes, which make them particularly susceptible to population

peter.kyne@cdu.edu.au's picture

From 26 September to 03 October 2013 these surveys documented a previously unrecognised significant population of the Endangered Northern River Shark.