Shiver of Hammerhead Sharks, (Sphyrna lewini)

Professor Culum Brown’s work has dispelled the myth of the forgetful fish and revealed that fish and sharks are capable of learning.

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Ages: Recommended for 16+

Can sharks be lured to their supper by the silky-smooth sounds of jazz? Do they eavesdrop? Do they have memories? Professor Culum Brown’s work has dispelled the myth of the forgetful fish and revealed that fish and sharks are capable of learning. Culum has dedicated his career to studying the behavioural ecology of fish and sharks and to championing their intelligence.

Join us for canapes and conversation as this celebrated shark researcher reveals how understanding them can be the ticket to conserving sharks’ dwindling populations.

Following the talk, explore the AM’s Sharks exhibition where a dedicated shark scientist will share their research and be on hand to answer your questions.



Professor Culum Brown

Professor Culum Brown is a professor at Macquarie University where he is head of The Fish Lab
Professor Culum Brown is a professor at Macquarie University where he is head of The Fish Lab. Image: Supplied
© Culum Brown

Professor Culum Brown is a professor at Macquarie University where he is head of The Fish Lab. He is an expert on fish, shark and ray behaviour. Culum is best known for his research on fish intelligence and he is a champion of fish welfare.

Culum completed his PhD at the University of Queensland before doing several post docs at the University of Cambridge, University of Edinburgh and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. He has authored over 170 research papers which have been cited more than 9400 times.


Sharks is proudly supported by the NSW Government through the Blockbuster Funding initiative.




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