DART Connections. Bringing faces and places together. NSW Government. Department of Education and Communities. DART Connections Virtual Excursions.

20160615 - Women in Science Video Conference Series: 'Science Sharks' - 15 June 2016 - 9:30 - Stream 3

HomeHome  >  Women in Science Video Conference Series: 'Science Sharks'

Go Back

Women in Science Video Conference Series: 'Science Sharks'


Classifications: Enabled, Events Not to be missed, Upcoming Excursions

Provider: LEAP- Links @ Macquarie University


Presenter: Kate Lee

Contact Email:

Date: 15 June 2016

Start Time: 9:30

End Time: 10:20am

Duration: 35 minutes + 10 minutes question time

Closing Date: Bookings Close 14-Jun-16

Availability: DEC and Non-DEC

DEC Positions: 15

Non-DEC Positions: 5

Price: Free

KLA Syllabus: Secondary

KLA Stage/s:

KLA Year/s:

Key Learning Area/s:

KLA Topic/s:

KLA Keyword/s: Marine Biology, Biology, Science, Careers, Wildlife Conservation,


The word ‘shark’ can invoke fearful images for many people. But in reality, millions of sharks are being fished every year, and they should be fearing humans, and not the other way around. In the past few decades we have come to understand the integral part that sharks play within our ecosystems and the consequences that removing them has on the ocean’s biodiversity. By using some state-of-the-art technology systems we can better understand why sharks are doing what they do. In this talk, Kate will share with you what drove her to work in this area of research, what some of the current research is telling us, and some of the difficulties that she faced along the way. She hopes that by the end of the talk, students will have a better understanding of the career options a degree in science can provide and the rewards that tertiary education can bring.

Kate finished her Bachelor of Science in England in 2006. Shortly after, she went travelling in Thailand and fell in love with scuba diving. She remained in South East Asia for a year working and travelling but felt that not enough was being done to protect the beautiful underwater world. She moved to Australia in 2008 to start a Masters of Wildlife Conservation and ended up becoming involved in a diving project looking at wobbegong sharks. By saying yes to every opportunity that arose during this time, Kate ended up working on these sharks as part of her PhD project. Since then she has worked with teams all over the country tagging and tracking the movements of various shark species. This information is critical to improve the management shark species and protect this ocean predator.

Booking Instructions:

Additional Booking Instructions: Please Note: The presentation will start promptly at 9.30am and conclude by 10.20am - There will be 35 minutes of presentation and 10 minutes for students to ask questions.

Dial in Instructions:
1. To join the Video Conference you need to dial the VMR number, which will be sent to you on registration. This will allow you to see the presenter on your television screens.

2. To access the PowerPoint presentations on your Interactive White Board you will need to log into Adobe Connect. The URL address will also be sent to you on registration.

Further Information: Email enquiries to:
Casey Featon
Email: leaplinks@mq.edu.au

Note: We do NOT film, photograph or record audio of the students so you do not need permissions to publish from your schools. If you have reservations about booking online due to this, please contact us at leaplinks@mq.edu.au

Recordings of this video conference series and others will be made available online. Register your interest at leaplinks@mq.edu.au if you would like to be notified when the recordings are available.

Cancellation Policy:

Workflow Instructions:

Login to Book an Excursion

Or Register Your School for DART Connections

Excursion Booking

School Details

Contact Details

Class Details

Yes     No

Event Details

The principal of the school has received permission for each participating student to be photographed and for their image and voice to be recorded.
Go Back

Login to DART Connections

New to DART Connections? Click here to register.

Login to DART Connections

Login to DART Connections

Please wait while we process your request.