Simon Pierce

I work on the fuzzy border between science and conservation. I'm driven by the urge to conserve the world's biggest and most threatened marine animals. I use science to advise decision-makers on how this can best be achieved.

My major research projects revolve around sharks and rays, and particularly whale sharks. Professionally, I work as the Science Coordinator for the ECOCEAN Global Whale Shark Database, Lead Scientist for Marine Megafauna in Mozambique, and Executive Director of Eyes on the Horizon.

I completed my BSc (Ecology) at Victoria University of Wellington in my native New Zealand in 2000, before moving to Brisbane, Australia for my BSc (Hons) and PhD (2009) at The University of Queensland.