by Frank Gibson, SRC media intern
When most people think of shark week, the first image that comes to their head is one of a Great White Shark soaring into the air in pursuit of seals. What most people may not know is that the man responsible for these incredible images is Chris Fallows. Chris began tagging sharks in South Africa in 1989 and with the help of local fisherman, was able to tag and release over 1500 sharks and Rays. It wasn’t until 1996 however when Chris and a fellow colleague discovered the fierce breach hunting tactics of the South African White Sharks. Chris uses this combination of location and time around sharks to educate and expose people first-hand to the awesome beauty of these apex predators in their natural environment.
Photo credit: Chris Fallows
As part of the MAF 579 course in Citizen and Participatory Science, guest speaker Yasser Ansari discusses his motivations and interests in founding Project Noah, a platform and app for documenting species diversity around the world. He spoke to the students via Skype. The course is part of the required curriculum for students in the new University of Miami Exploration Science Professional Masters program, which is based at UM’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) and jointly administered with the UM Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy. Thank you Yasser for a great presentation.
Project Noah Founder Yasser Ansari presents to a Citizen Science graduate studies class at the University of Miami. courtesy of Dr. Keene Haywood.