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Ian Tibbetts

Associate Professor of Biology at University of Queensland

Areas of expertise

  • Functional morphology of fish digestive systems
  • Electroreceptor morphology in sharks, rays and catfish
  • Coral reef ecology
  • Fisheries biology of sharks and rays
  • Optimising fish resources for small tropical island subsistence communities in the Solomon Islands and Indonesia

Major works

Gutteridge, Adrian N., Huveneers, Charlie, Marshall, Lindsay J., Tibbetts, Ian R. and Bennett, Mike B. (2013) Life-history traits of a small-bodied coastal shark. Marine and Freshwater Research, 64 1: 54-65. doi:10.1071/MF12140 Wueringer, Barbara E., Jnr, Lyle Squire, Kajiura, Stephen M., Tibbetts, Ian R., Hart, Nathan S. and Collin, Shaun P. (2012) Electric field detection in sawfish and shovelnose rays. PLoS One, 7 7 Article No. e41605: . doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0041605 Day, Ryan D., German, Donovan P. and Tibbetts, Ian R. (2011) Why can't young fish eat plants? Neither digestive enzymes nor gut development preclude herbivory in the young of a stomachless marine herbivorous fish. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology B-Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 158 1: 23-29. doi:10.1016/j.cbpb.2010.09.010

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About Me

Ian is Director of the Centre for Marine Science at the University of Queensland, Australia. He received his BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology from University of Wales (1982) and PHD in Zoology the University of Queensland (1992). He teaches ichthyology and marine biology and has published on a substantial size range fishes from gobies to tiger sharks. He has spent considerable marine field research and teaching time at the University of Queensland’s research stations on North Stradbroke Island ( and Heron Island ( He has received the University of Queensland’s award for excellence in teaching. He sits on the board of Tropimundo (Erasmus Mundus) Masters program in Europe. He leads the Small Island Community Sustainability research program in UQ’s partnership with the lead scientific research agency of Indonesia (LIPI).

Courses and Programs taught by Ian Tibbetts