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Department of Zoology



I am generally interested in the ecology and conservation of sharks and have studied these animals in various regions around the world, including Australia, French Polynesia, the Red Sea and The Bahamas. Overall, my research aims at integrating mutually supportive approaches, across various disciplines to better understand and conserve shark populations. The areas of my expertise include shark movement ecology (satellite and acoustic tagging and tracking), sensory biology, population genetics, and shark fisheries.


Key publications: 
  1. Spaet, J.L.Y., Chi Hin Lam, Braun, C.D., Berumen, M.L. Extensive use of mesopelagic waters by a Scalloped hammerhead shark (Sphyrna lewini) in the Red Sea. Animal Biotelemetry 5(1):20.
  2. Jabado, R.W., Spaet, J.L.Y. Elasmobranch fisheries in the Arabian Seas Region: characteristics, trade and management. Fish and Fisheries 18:1096-1118..
  3. Spaet, J. L. Y., Nanninga, G.B., Berumen, M. L. (2016). Ongoing decline of shark populations in the Eastern Red Sea. Biological Conservation 201: 20-28.
  4. Spaet, J. L. Y., Jabado, R.W., Henderson, A.C., Moore, A.B.M., Berumen, M. L. (2015). Population genetics of four heavily exploited shark species around the Arabian Peninsula. Ecology and Evolution 5(12): 2317-233.
  5. Spaet, J. L. Y., Berumen, M. L. (2015). Fish market surveys indicate unsustainable practices for elasmobranch fisheries in the Saudi Arabian Red Sea. Fisheries Research 161: 356-364.
Other publications: 
  1. AlMojil D, Cliff G, Spaet JLY (in press) Weak population structure of the Spot-tail shark Carcharhinus sorrah and the Blacktip shark C. limbatus along the coasts of the Arabian Peninsula, Pakistan and South Africa. Ecology and Evolution. doi: 10.1002/ece3.446
  2. Jabado RW, Kyne PM, Pollom RA, Ebert DA, Simpfendorfer CA, Ralph GM, Al Dhaheri SS, Akilesh KV, Ali K, Ali MH, Al Mamari TMS, Bineesh KK, El Hassan IS, Fernando D, Grandcourt EM, Khan MM, Moore ABM, Owfi F, Robinson DP, Romanov E, Soares A-L, Spaet JLY, Tesfamichael D, Valinassab T, Dulvy NK (in press) Troubled waters: threats and extinction risk of the sharks, rays, and chimaeras of the Arabian Sea and adjacent waters. Fish and Fisheries. doi: 10.1111/faf.12311
  3. O’Bryhim JR, Adams DH, Spaet JLY, Mills GL, Lance SL (2017) Relationship of mercury concentrations across twenty-three tissue types for two species of shark. Environmental Pollution 223:323-333
  4. Nanninga GB, Spaet JLY (2017) Spawning aggregations of the Humpback red snapper, Lutjanus gibbus, in the Tuamotus, French Polynesia. Marine Biodiversity 47(2): 375-376
  5. Röthig T, Spaet JLY, Kattan A, Schulz IK, Roberts M, Roik A, Voolstra CR (2016). Repeated observations of Cetaceans and Charcharhiniformes associations in the Red Sea. Marine Biodiversity 46(1): 25-26
  6. Jabado RW, Al Ghais SM, Hamza W, Henderson AC, Spaet JLY, Shivji MS, Hanner RH (2015). Trade in sharks and their products in the United Arab Emirates. Biological Conservation 181: 190-198
  7. O’Bryhim JR,  Spaet JLY, Hyde JR, Jones KL, Lance SL (2014). Development of   microsatellite markers for globally distributed populations of the threatened Silky Shark, Carcharhinus falciformis. Conservation Genetics Resources 7: 463-465
  8. Vignaud TM, Mourier J, Maynard JA, Leblois R, Spaet JLY, Clua E, Neglia V, Planes S (2014). Blacktip reef sharks, Carcharhinus melanopterus, have high genetic structure and varying demographic histories in their Indo-Pacific range.     Molecular Ecology 23(21): 5193-5207
  9. Berumen M, Hoey A, Bass W, Bouwmeester J, Catania D, Cochran JEM, Khalil MT, Myiake S, Mughal MR, Spaet JLY, Saenz-Agudelo P (2013). The status of coral reef ecology research in the Red Sea. Coral Reefs 32(3): 737-748
  10. Spaet JLY (2013). Predictable annual aggregation of longnose parrotfish (Hipposcarus harid) in the Red Sea. Marine Biodiversity 43: 179-180
  11. Spaet JLY, Thorrold SR, Berumen ML (2011). A review of elasmobranch research in the Red Sea. Journal of Fish Biology, 80: 952-965
  12. Spaet JLY, Cochran JEM, Berumen ML (2011). First record of the Pigeye Shark, Carcharhinus amboinensis (Müller & Henle, 1839) (Carcharhiniformes: Carcharhinidae), in the Red Sea. Zoology in the Middle East 52: 118-121, 80: 952-965
  13. Spaet JLY, Kessel ST, Gruber SH (2010). Learned hook avoidance of lemon sharks (Negaprion brevirostris) based on electroreception and shock treatment. Marine Biology Research 6(4): 399-407
Postdoctoral Fellow

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