2013 was a great year for the University of Miami’s RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program, and we wanted to share some of the highlights with you!
1) We caught, measured, sampled and tagged 318 sharks, including 34 bull sharks, 23 lemon sharks,54 blacktip sharks, 35 tiger sharks, 20 great hammerheads, and even a great white! This included a successful expedition to tiger beach in the Bahamas. 19 tiger sharks, 3 scalloped hammerhead sharks, 7 great hammerheads, 8 bull sharks, and 1 blacktip shark were satellite tagged.
2) We took 1,584 people, of which well over 1,000 were high school students, out on the boat with us to learn about sharks and other marine science and conservation issues!
4) We shared hundreds of marine science and conservation news stories on the RJD Facebook page, which now has over 3,000 fans! You should “like” us!
5) We published a paper about great white sharks scavenging on whales! You can see the video abstract here.
7) We published a paper about tiger shark feeding ecology and physiology!
8 ) We co-hosted ScienceOnline Oceans, a conference focusing on how marine scientists can use internet tools for education and collaboration! Several RJD staff, including two undergraduate interns, moderated sessions!
10) RJD students and staff spoke about sharks in over a dozen local schools, as well as to schools all over the country via Skype. We spoke with over 500 students around the country, from 1st grade through college!
11) We published a paper showing how social media can benefit conservation scientists!
12) We welcomed the largest new group of interns in RJD history!
13) RJD students and staff presented at several scientific conferences, including Benthic Ecology, the American Elasmobranch Society, the International Congress for Conservation Biology, and ScienceOnline Together!
2013 was a great year for the RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program, and we’re looking forward to an even better year in 2014! Thanks to all of our research collaborators, partners and donors! Thanks for reading, and Happy New Year!
The RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program (RJD) is a joint initiative of the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science and Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy. The mission of RJD is to advance ocean conservation and scientific literacy by conducting cutting edge scientific research and providing innovative and meaningful outreach opportunities for students through exhilarating hands-on research and virtual learning experiences in marine biology.