Dr Peter Kyne

Research Interests

Peter is a conservation biologist with interests in marine and freshwater systems. He has a background in fish biology, fisheries bycatch and fish conservation, particularly in relation to the chondrichthyan fishes (sharks, batoids and chimaeras). He is an active member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Shark Specialist Group, working on the global and regional assessment of conservation status for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. His research interests focus 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 also has a special interest in the bird assemblages of riparian zones in the wet-dry tropics of northern Australia.

Peter is currently leading the NERP (National Environmental Research Program) Marine Biodiversity Hub project ‘Supporting Management of Listed and Rare Species’, a collaboration between Charles Darwin University, Northern Territory Fisheries and CSIRO. This project will improve the understanding and management of data-poor, low abundance, threatened euryhaline and estuarine elasmobranch species, through the development of innovative population monitoring and integrated assessment strategies. Threatened sawfishes (Pristis species) and river sharks (Glyphis species) of northern Australia represent the focal species, in particular the Largetooth Sawfish Pristis pristis and Speartooth Shark Glyphis glyphis in several selected rivers of the NT.

Details of the project can be found at:



Shark Specialist Group of the IUCN (the World Conservation Union) Species Survival Commission

Oceania Chondrichthyan Society

Queensland Wader Study Group

Northern Territory Field Naturalists Club

Year Type Citation
2011 Journal Article Kyne, P. M., Courtney, A. J. & Bennett, M. B. Observations on the reproductive biology of three catsharks (Carcharhiniformes: Scyliorhinidae: Asymbolus and Figaro) from the continental shelf of southern Queensland, Australia. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 91, 1157-1164 (2011).
2011 Journal Article Kyne, P. M., Compagno, L. J. V., Stead, J., Jackson, M. V. & Bennett, M. B. Distribution, habitat and biology of a rare and threatened eastern Australian endemic shark: Colclough's shark, Brachaelurus colcloughi Ogilby, 1908. Marine and Freshwater Research 62, 540-547 (2011).
2006 Conference Paper Cavanagh, R. D. & Kyne, P. M. The conservation status of deep-sea chondrichthyan fishes. Deep Sea 2003: Conference on the Governance and Management of Deep-sea Fisheries (Shotton, R.) 3, 366 - 380 (FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2006).

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