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Mr Casper Avenant

Overview of thesis

Ghost crabs (Ocypode spp.) are recognised as a major predator of sea turtle eggs and hatchlings around the world and it is thought that they can significantly impact on sea turtle numbers, which is a particular issue for breeding populations of threatened or endangered sea turtle species. Using a range of field and laboratory approaches, I will be investigating predator-prey interactions between ghost crabs and sea turtles along Western Australia’s Gascoyne and Pilbara coastline in order to better manage these iconic marine reptiles.


  • MSc. Biological Science (2016 – 2018)
  • BSc. Marine and Freshwater Biology (2013 – 2015)
  • Diploma in Environmental Investigation and Monitoring (2012)
  • Certificate 4 in Environmental Science Management (2011)

Other Qualifications

  • Rescue Diver (2016) Provide First Aid, Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Provide Emergency Life Support (2019)
  • Recreational Skippers Ticket (2016)


Research Interests

  • Habitat connectivity and Trophic Interactions
  • Fisheries Biology
  • Coastal and Marine Management

Scholarships and Awards

  • ECU - Department of Biodiversity, Conservation & Attractions (DBCA) Scholarship 2019
  • BMT Oceanica Prize for Excellence in Marine Science (2015)
  • Whiteman Park Award Outstanding Graduate (2011)


Prof Glenn Hyndes


Mr Casper Avenant
PhD Student
Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research
School of Science 
Mobile:  0414 713061

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