17 things the SRC accomplished in 2016

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It’s been a great year for our team! Here are some of our accomplishments from 2016:

1. We published 15 research papers in scientific journals on a variety of topics

2. Two of our research papers were featured on journal covers, one in Diversity and Distributions that evaluated the effectiveness of marine protected areas for migratory sharks and the other one in Animal Conservation that reviewed shark conservation and management policy tools

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3. We brought 1,061 guests from the public out with us on our boats to participate in hands-on shark research. Participants ranged in age from 10 to 70, and originated from 42 U.S. states and 42 countries across the world.

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4. Our team spoke to thousands of elementary, middle, high school and college students in their classrooms about marine biology and conservation! In one day we presented to about 1000 elementary school students at Key Biscayne K8 School.

5. Our students presented at international scientific conferences, including 6 talks at the American Elasmobranch Society annual meeting that was held this year in New Orleans

6. Our research was featured in various media, including Discovery Channel’s Shark Week (Tiger Beach and Air Jaws: Night Stalker) as well as in National Geographic’s Shark Fest (Mega Hammerhead).

7. We conducted 80 field research trips and measured, sampled, tagged and released 358 sharks of 12 different species!

8. The smallest shark we tagged this year was a 75 cm nurse shark and the largest was a 396 cm great hammerhead.

9. Our director Dr. Neil Hammerschlag gave a radio interview on NPR’s Fresh Air about sharks that was heard by millions of people.

10. We deployed 27 satellite tags on sharks! You can track all of our satellite tagged sharks online here! Special thanks to all the generous people who adopted sharks!!

11. We launched a new project in collaboration with Beneath the Waves and supported by Oceana in partnership with Google and Skytruth to utilize a first-of-its kind combination of satellite tagging and real-time mapping of fishing vessels on the high seas via Global Fishing Watch

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12. Our team proudly exhibited in public events, including Taste of the Sea, Art Walk Miami and the Tortuga Music Festival!

13. Our tiger shark research in the Bahamas was included in a story in National Geographic Magazine

14. We partnered with the amazing brand Hook & Tackle on our new official team performance field shirts. They are now available for purchase online and through select retailers

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15. Our Director, Dr. Neil Hammerschlag, co-founded and launched a new initiative called Digital Life, which aims to preserve the heritage of life on Earth through creating and sharing high-quality and accurate 3D models of living organisms.

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16. We graduated 3 Masters Students and 1 Ph.D. Student. Congrats Hannah Calich, Jake Jerome, Alison Enchelmaier, and Dr. David Shiffman.

17. We launched our new program called F.I.N.S (Females in the Natural Sciences) to provide girls with hands-on experience in marine science as shark research volunteers with SRC.

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Directed by Dr. Neil Hammerschlag, the Shark Research & Conservation Program (SRC) is a joint initiative of the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science & Policy and Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami.

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Thanks to the SRC team, collaborators, and supporters for an amazing year!

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Dear all,

I would like to inform you of a recent publication that our Program helped support.

X. Serrano, M. Grosell* and J. E. Serafy. 2010. Salinity selection and
preference of the grey snapper Lutjanus griseus: field and laboratory
observations. Journal of Fish Biology, 76: 1592-1608

You can find the abstract online at:
http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/123423202/abstract

During the early years of our Program, the lead author, Xaymara Serrano, spent several field seasons with us collecting data for this fantastic paper.

Congrats Xaymara and thanks to everyone who helped make this happen.

Gray snapper in the Mangroves (Click to Enlarge)

New Publication on Predation Pressure to Fishes in Mangrove-Seagrass Habitats

Dear all,

I would like to inform you of a new publication based on our studies in Biscayne Bay.  Hundreds of students were involved with this work.

The study examines day & night differences in predation pressure to juvenile fishes with increasing distance from the mangrove-seagrass shoreline.

The paper can be downloaded at:

http://www.sharkresearch.rsmas.miami.edu/scientific-publications/pdf/Hammerschlag%20et%20al.%202010.pdf

For more recent publications, visit:

http://www.sharkresearch.rsmas.miami.edu/scientific-publications/

Thank you for your time and especially to those who helped make this publication happen:

Neil Hammerschlag, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor,
Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science (RSMAS)
Leonard & Jayne Abess Center for Ecosystem Science & Policy

Director, RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program

University of Miami
4600 Rickenbacker Cswy, Miami, Florida, 33149

E-mail: nhammerschlag@rsmas.miami.edu
O: 305.421.4356 F: 305.421.4675 C: 954.815.0920

Personal Website: http://www.neilhammer.com

RJ Dunlap Website: http://www.sharkresearch.rsmas.miami.edu

New Publication on Fish Seine Research in Biscayne Bay

I would like to inform you of a new scientific publication based on our research that will be published in the journal “Marine Ecology.”

The article titled “Nocturnal Fish Utilization of a Subtropical Mangrove-Seagrass Ecotone” is based on research we did at night in Biscayne Bay (Florida), surveying fish distributions using seine nets.

A PDF of the “early view” of the online article can be downloaded here:

http://www.neil4sharks.org/pdf/Hammerschlag_Serafy_Mar_Ecol.pdf

For those who were involved in this research..thank you and I hope you find these results interesting.

Best,
Neil

Neil Hammerschlag, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor,
Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science (RSMAS)
Leonard & Jayne Abess Center for Ecosystem Science & Policy

Director, RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program

Univiersity of Miami
4600 Rickenbacker Cswy, Miami, Florida, 33149

E-mail: nhammerschlag@rsmas.miami.edu
O: 305.421.4356    F: 305.421.4600   C: 954.815.0920