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Mr. Kelly Brown

Research Assistant

Location: SMS, Room M.228.

Email: kelly.brown(at)

Telephone: 32 31811


Kelly is currently managing the USP Marine Collection and assists with undergraduate teaching in marine biology, coral reef ecology and aquaculture. He completed his Bachelor of Science (majoring in Marine Science) degree at USP, and went on to work in the marine aquarium trade focusing on coral and live rock aquaculture, as well as management of the trade in Fiji. His Master of Science research focused on characterising an aggregation area of juvenile scalloped hammerhead sharks in the Rewa River estuary, on the island of Viti Levu in Fiji. He has extensive coral reef surveying experience and is part of a current multi-disciplinary research project titled “Mapping Scio-Ecological Coral Reef Systems in Fiji (MASCREF)”.


Research Interests:

  • Shark ecology and habitat use with regard to conservation and fisheries management.
  • Identification of priority Chondrichthyan research areas in the South Pacific region.
  • Coral reef ecology and the role of large marine animals.
  • Aquaculture and the marine aquarium trade


Publications and Conference Papers:

  • Brown, K. T., Seeto, J., Lal, M. and Miller, C. (2016). Discovery of an important aggregation area for endangered scalloped hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna lewini) in the Rewa River estuary, Fiji Islands. Pacific Conservation Biology. 22, 242‐248. doi:
  • Brown, K. T., Seeto, J. and Miller, C. (2014). Preliminary assessment of a nursery ground for the Scalloped Hammerhead shark, Sphyrna lewini, in the Rewa River estuary, Fiji Islands. Presented at the Society for Conservation Biology Oceania Fiji 2014 Conference (9‐11 July, 2014), Suva, Fiji.
  • Sykes, H. R., Chapman, D. D., Villagomez, A. & Brown, K. T. (2011). Status of shark fishing and conservation efforts in the Fiji Islands. Presented at the 2nd Fiji Conservation Science Forum (14‐16 September, 2011), Suva, Fiji.

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