Ben D’Antonio has joined the Sequeira lab to undertake an exciting project investigating the vertical and horizontal movements of apex predators at two World Heritage sites in Western Australia. Ben’s PhD work will be embedded in the Gathaagudu Animal Tracking (GAT) project with a specific focus on the fine scale movements of tiger sharks within the region. Despite high resolution data records emerging for many shark species, knowledge gaps remain in our understanding of the relationship between the biophysical drivers behind large scale migratory movements and its association with fine scale behavioural patterns within localised environments. His research will aim to address this knowledge gap and will be undertaken under the co-supervision of key researchers from the University of Western Australia (UWA) Oceans Institute and the Australian Institute of Marine Science through the AIMS@UWA initiative.
Prior to joining the Sequeira Lab, Ben volunteered extensively with Conservation International assisting research projects throughout Southeast Asia and Papua New Guinea. He completed his undergraduate degree (BSc Hons) at the University of Adelaide, South Australia, where he is originally from. Ben has a passion for the outdoors and loves to get out into the field as much as he can.