Christopher Neff has submitted his PhD for examination, in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from James Madison University in Virginia (’99) and a Masters Degree in Public Policy from the University of Sydney, (’07). His research is the first doctoral study on the “politics of shark attacks,” looking at policy responses to shark bites in Australia, South Africa and the United States. Christopher’s most recent academic work has been published in the journals Environmental Studies and Sciences (2013), with Dr. Robert Hueter, the Journal of Homosexuality (2013) with Luke Edgell,Marine Policy (2012) with co-author Dr. Jean Yang and in Coastal Management (2012). In 2013, he presented his latest research at the Australian Political Studies Conference in Western Australia. In 2011, he presented his research at two scientific conferences: the International Marine Conservation Congress in Victoria, Canada and the International Congress for Conservation Biology.