In addition to natural history filming, Biopixel’s Richard Fitzpatrick is a marine biologist and adjunct shark researcher at James Cook University Cairns.
His current research activities include a long-term reef shark-monitoring program at Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea and the satellite tagging of Tiger sharks in the far northern section of the Great Barrier Reef.
Richard pioneered the use of ‘low stress’ capture techniques without the use of hooks. As part of this philosophy he invented the ‘Shark Claw’, a device for capturing large sharks by the tail.
This research has most recently been featured in Discovery Channels 2008 Shark week in the 2 hour special ‘Mysteries of Shark Coast’ he has also been featured twice on Channel 9’s 60 minutes program and also in the Channel 9 documentary ‘Shark Tracker’.
A comparison of the seasonal movements of Tiger Sharks and Green Turtles provides insight into their predator-prey relationship.
Fitzpatrick R, Thims M, Bell I, Meekan M, Stevens J Barnett A PLoS ONE 7(12): e51927. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0051927(2012)
Residency and spatial use by reef sharks on an isolated seamount and its implications for conservation.
Barnet A, Abrantes K, Seymour J, Fitzpatrick R (2012) PLoS ONE 7(5): e36574. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0036574
Variation in depth of whitetip reef sharks: does provisioning ecotourism change their behaviour.
Fitzpatrick R, Abrantes K, Seymour J & Barnett A : Coral Reefs (2011)
Large-Scale movement and reef fidelity of Grey Reef Sharks.
Heupel M, Simpendorfer C & Fitzpatrick R : PlosOne (2010)
The untethered Remotely Operated Vehicle PICASSO 1 and its deployment from chartered dive vessels for deep sea surveys off Okinawa, Japan and Osprey Reef Coral Sea Australia.
Lindsay D, Uemura T, Yamamoto H, Ishibashi S, Nishikawa J, Reimer J, Beaman R, Fitzpatrick R (2012) Marine Technology Society Journal