In keeping with the founding spirit of 'open data' and 'data sharing,' Ocean Sanctuaries will be collaborating with Australian shark researcher Dr. Ryan Kempster and his Shark-Base citizen science shark program to share data collected by citizen science divers from around the world.
Dr. Kempster is a shark biologist in the Neuroecology Group at the University of Western Australia. His research focuses on the sensory biology and conservation of sharks and rays. Sharks have always been his passion, and protecting them his goal. To do this, Dr. Kempster has embarked on a career in research to better understand sharks. He takes every opportunity to communicate his findings to the general public in the hope that he can inspire others to follow in his passion for protecting these amazing animals.
Dr. Kempster founded the shark conservation group Support Our Sharks to inform the world about the plight of the most vulnerable shark species. As most sharks serve as top predators at the pinnacle of the marine food pyramid, they regulate the natural balance of these ecosystems. The effects of removing sharks from the ocean ecosystems, although complex and rather unpredictable, are likely to be ecologically and economically damaging.
He has recently implimented the Shark-Base citizen science shark data gathering project in order to gather and analyze data collected from citizen science divers around the world to map the distribution and structure of shark populations worldwide.