Dr Luciana Cerqueira Ferreira

Research Scientist

Marine megafauna

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(08) 6369 4002
+61 420 426 669
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I study the movement, distribution and ecology of marine megafauna (e.g. sharks, marine turtles and whales). My research interests fall mainly within the spatial and movement ecology of marine megafauna and the application of ecological and statistical models to describe and predict movement and distribution of species, and to determine environmental drivers.

PhD Marine Ecology,University of Western Australia,Australia
MSc Oceanography,Universidade Federal de Pernambuco,Brazil
BSc Oceanology,Universidade Federal do Rio Grande,Brazil

My current role consists of developing and applying statistical and spatial models to describe and predict movement and distribution of marine megafauna such as turtle and whales in northwest Australia to understand key threats. 


Ferreira LC, Mansfield KL, Thums M, Meekan MG (2018) Satellite tracking technologies and their application to shark movement ecology. pp 357-377. In: Carrier JC, Heithaus MR, Simpfendorfer CA (Eds) Shark Research: Emerging Technologies and Applications for the Field and Laboratory. CRC Press, Boca Ration, FL.

Thums M, Rossendell J, Guinea M, Ferreira LC (2018) Horizontal and vertical movement behaviour of flatback turtles and spatial overlap with industrial development. Marine Ecology Progress Series 602:37–253

Sequeira AMM, Rodriguez J, Eguiliz V, Harcourt R, Hindell M, Sims D, Duarte C, Costa D, Fernandez-Gracia J, Ferreira LC, et al, Thums M (2018) Convergence of marine megafauna movement patterns in coastal and open oceans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 01716137. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1716137115

Ferreira LC, Thums M, Heithaus MR, Barnett A, Abrantes KG, Holmes BJ, Zamora LM, Frisch AJ, Pepperell JG, Burkholder D, Vaudo J, Nowicki R, Meeuwig J, Meekan MG (2017) The trophic role of a large marine predator, the tiger shark Galeocerdo cuvier. Scientific Reports 7:7641

Huveneers C, Meekan MG, Apps K, Ferreira LC, Pannell D, Vianna GMS (2017) The economic value of shark-diving tourism in Australia. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 27(3):665-680.

Hays, G, Ferreira LC, Sequeira AMM, Meekan MG, et al. (2016) Key Questions in Marine Megafauna Movement Ecology. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 3(6):463-475

Ferreira LC, Thums M, Meeuwig JJ, Vianna GMS, Stevens J, McAuley R, Meekan MG (2015) Crossing latitudes—long-distance tracking of an apex predator. PLoS ONE 10(2):e0116916

Meeuwig JJ, Ferreira LC (2014) Moving beyond lethal programs for shark hazard mitigation. Animal Conservation 17:297-298

Ferreira LC, Afonso AS, Castilho PC, Hazin FHV (2013) Habitat use of the nurse shark, Ginglymostoma cirratum, off Recife, Northeast Brazil: a combined survey with longline and acoustic telemetry. Environmental Biology of Fishes 96(6):735-745

Hazin FHV, Afonso AS, Castilho PC, Ferreira LC, Rocha BCLM (2013) Regional movements of the tiger shark, Galeocerdo cuvier, off Northeastern Brazil: Inferences regarding shark attack hazard. Annals of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences 85(3):1053-1062

Ferreira LC, Vooren CM (2012) Diet of the lesser electric ray Narcine brasiliensis (Olfers, 1831) (Elasmobranchii, Narcinidae) in southern Brazil. Pan-American Journal of Aquatic Sciences 7(1):37-44