Bio for Dr. Owen R. O'Shea
Owen received his undergraduate degree in marine biology from James Cook University in Queensland, Australia in 2006 and subsequently gained a first class honours degree in 2007, studying the importance of cleaning interactions in coral reef fishes across multiple gradients within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Owen was awarded his doctoral degree from Murdoch University in Western Australia in 2013, in a federally funded research program, assessing the ecosystem importance of several species of tropical stingray, resulting in several publications and much press attention.
The following year, Owen was offered the Associate Research Scientist position at The Cape Eleuthera Institute’s Shark Research and Conservation Program in The Bahamas, where he took the lead in creating an applied scientific research curriculum to be taught at the sister organisation of The Island School. In 2014, Owen developed the Batoid Research Group - an integrative ecosystem driven initiative that promoted rays as indicators for ecosystem health and therefore, conservation value. This resulted in a three and half year program that saw 750 rays caught and a range of data collected that supported five graduate students and provided a syllabus for eleven consecutive teaching semesters at The Cape Eleuthera Island School.
Over the past six years Owen has lived and worked in Eleuthera, and has exposed over 2,000 students, educators and academics to marine research, outreach and education across several islands in the central Bahamas, as well as leading international collaborative efforts in applied scientific marine research. His background, skills and familiarity with applied marine science and education, particularly in The Bahamas is unparalleled amongst his peers and will serve as a great asset to the mission and objectives of the CORE.
Owen has published over 30 research articles, technical reports and two theses, with many more in review and prep based on this past four years research.