Dr Ashley Frisch (right) his Churchill Fellowship from the Queensland Governor Penelope Wensley at Government House.
Dr Ashley Frisch (right) his Churchill Fellowship from the Queensland Governor Penelope Wensley at Government House. Contributed

PhD predator work earns Rocky man prestigious accolade

A ROCKHAMPTON PhD recipient's work on apex predators, including reef sharks, has earned him a prestigious accolade.

And now the award has allowed him to work with fellow shark researchers at marine institutions in Hawaii and Miami in the USA.

Rockhampton's Dr Ashley Frisch was one of 19 Queenslanders who went to Government House last month for the presentation of the Churchill Fellowship.

He is developing advanced methods for measuring and monitoring the status of endangered reef shark populations.

Dr Frisch said this would help protect the integrity of Australia's iconic coral reefs and sustain the livelihoods of people who depended on reef fisheries for food or income.

Dr Frisch is recognised as a world authority on tropical species of crayfish.

After spending three years as a project manager with the Great Barrier Marine Park Authority in Townsville, Dr Frisch was awarded a Post Doctoral Fellowship with the ARC Centre of Excellence for coral reef studies at James Cook University in Townsville. His tertiary education began at James Cook University with degrees in marine biology and biochemistry. He completed an honours degree working on coral trout.



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