Who We Are

The SRC team is made up of University of Miami faculty, staff and students from a variety of disciplines, including science, communication, law, education and engineering. The core science is overseen by faculty, but PhD students provide the projects from which specific research and educational activities are based. UM undergraduates work on projects as part of their academic degree requirements or for volunteer internships. Student interns are the backbone of the program, playing a major role in helping carry out activities, training and leading high school student participants in the field, lab, and classrooms. In making waves, SRC is lucky to partner with exceptional scientists, policy makers, journalists and educators.

Faculty & Staff

    • Neil Hammerschlag, Ph.D.
      Director, Shark Research & Conservation Program; Research Assistant Professor, Rosenstiel School – RSMAS and Abess Center for Ecosystem Science
    • Stephen Cain,
      Assistant director, Shark Research & Conservation Program – RSMAS
    • Evan D’Alessandro, Ph.D.
      Broad Key Manager; Masters of Professional Science Advisor, Rosenstiel School – RSMAS
    • Diego Lirman, Ph.D.
      Associate Professor, Rosenstiel School – RSMAS, Rescue a Reef
    • Stephanie Schopmeyer,
      Senior Research Associate II, Rosenstiel School – RSMAS, Rescue a Reef
    • Liza Merly, Ph.D. Lecturer – RSMAS
    • Dalton Hesley – RSMAS, Rescue a Reef

SRC Ph.D. Students

    • Rachel Skubel, Abess Center for Ecosystem Science; Shark Research & Conservation Program
    • Laura Mcdonell, Rosenstiel School; Shark Research & Conservation Program

SRC Masters Students

    • Elana Rusnak – RSMAS MS Student, Permit coordinator
    • Mitchell Rider – RSMAS MS Student, FACT/ACT/OTN coordinator
    • Shannon Moorhead – RSMAS MS Student, Gear and Equipment Manager
    • Patricia Albano – RSMAS MS Student, Intern Coordinator

SRC Interns

    • Megan Ando – UM undergraduate student
    • Alex Anstett – UM undergraduate student, SRC Photographer, Co-media manager
    • Peter Aronson – UM undergraduate student
    • Sam Aronwald – UM undergraduate student
    • Brenna Bales – UM undergraduate student
    • Allison Banas – UM undergraduate student
    • Chelsea Black – RSMAS, MPS student, Social Media Manager
    • Kaylie Ann Costa – UM undergraduate student
    • Casey Dresbach – UM undergraduate student, Fundraising coordinator
    • Luisa Gil Diaz – UM undergraduate student
    • Carolyn Hamman – UM undergraduate student
    • Haley Kilgour – RSMAS, MPS student
    • Gammon Koval – UM undergraduate student, SRC photographer, Co-media manager
    • Josh Liberman – SRC photographer
    • Nicole Lin – SRC photographer, UM graduate student
    • Gaitlyn Malone – RSMAS MPS student
    • Nick Martinez – UM undergraduate student
    • Jacob Nicholson – UM undergraduate student
    • Samantha Orndorff – UM undergraduate student
    • Konnor Payne – UM undergraduate student
    • Rachael Ragen – UM undergraduate student, Public outreach coordinator
    • Delaney Reynolds – UM undergraduate student
    • Molly Rickles – UM undergraduate student
    • Paola Roldan – SRC photographer
    • Julia Satlzman – UM undergraduate student
    • Christopher Schenker – UM undergraduate student, SRC photographer
    • Olivia Schuitema – UM undergraduate student, Satellite tag coordinator
    • Sydney Steel – UM undergraduate student
    • Nicole Suren – UM undergraduate student
    • Abby Tinari – UM graduate, Data coordinator
    • Sianna Vacca – UM undergraduate student
    • Grant Voirol – UM undergraduate student
    • Olivia Wigon – UM undergraduate student

Associates of SRC

    • Austin Gallagher, Ph.D.
      Postdoctoral Researcher, Carleton University
      Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Miami
      Visiting Scientist, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center