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Jess Fish

PhD Candidate

Jess is a PhD candidate conducting genetic research on eastern Australian sharks. Jess completed a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology) and an Honours degree investigating the diet of eastern Australian white sharks using DNA metabarcoding. Currently, she is working closely with the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries and other collaborators to further understand the biology and ecology of white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias), tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier) and bull sharks (Carcharhinus leucas) using a range of molecular genetic techniques. Specifically, Jess’s research is focused on using DNA metabarcoding to identify shark diet composition and marine community assemblages to determine biotic factors that influence near shore shark visitations. In addition, she will be using population genomic methods to identify patterns of relatedness and genetic structure of tiger sharks along the eastern seaboard of Australia.