• Dr. Yannis Papastamatiou is an Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences and co-leads the PEC lab, which focuses on the ecology, biology, and behaviour of sharks, rays, and predatory bony fish. Their team produces high quality research that can be translated into meaningful conservation outcomes for threatened species and ecosystems. Using a variety of tools like genetics, new tag technologies, baited remote underwater videos, and stable isotopes, the PEC Lab has the ability to answer diverse and complex biological questions.

    With over 80 research publications, Yannis is one of the world's leading shark behavioural ecologists. His work has been featured on National Geographic, BBC, and Discovery's Shark Week. Yannis' use of new tag technologies on species ranging from pelagic oceanic whitetips to home-ranging reef sharks has advanced the field of predator ecology and led to evidence-based marine protected area zoning.

    BSc University of Southampton 1998-Oceanography
    MSc California State University Long Beach-Biology
    PhD University of Hawaii at Manoa-Zoology

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  • Predator behavioral and physiological ecology
    Animal movement ecology
    Community ecology of mesophotic reefs
    Shark behavior, distribution, climate change impact

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  • Yannis Papastamatiou