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 Associate Professor, Rosenstiel School – RSMAS and Abess Center for Ecosystem Science
    • Stephen Cain,
      Assistant director, Shark Research & Conservation Program – RSMAS
    • Liza Merly, Ph.D. Lecturer – RSMAS

SRC Ph.D. Students

    • Rachel Skubel, Abess Center for Ecosystem Science; Shark Research & Conservation Program
    • Laura McDonnell, Abess Center for Ecosystem Science; Shark Research & Conservation Program, Intern Coordinator
    • Chelsea Black – RSMAS; Shark Research & Conservation Program, Satellite Tag Coordinator
    • Mitchell Rider – RSMAS; Shark Research & Conservation Program, FACT/ACT/OTN coordinator

SRC Masters Students

    • Abby Tinari – RSMAS MS Student, Data coordinator
    • Alex Anstett – RSMAS MS Student, Media Manager
    • Lacey Williams – RSMAS MS Student
    • Yakira Gerszberg – RSMAS MS Student
    • Gaitlyn Malone – RSMAS MS Student, Public outreach coordinator

SRC Interns

    • Meagan Ando – UM undergraduate student
    • Peter Aronson – UM undergraduate student
    • Morgan Asmussen – UM undergraduate student
    • Victor Bach Munoz – RSMAS MPS student
    • Megan Buras – UM undergraduate student
    • Nina Colagiovanni – UM undergraduate student – SRC photographer
    • Adrianna Davis – UM undergraduate student
    • Angie Del Llano – SRC media intern
    • Sander Elliot – UM undergraduate student
    • Isabelle Geller – UM undergraduate student
    • Maria Geoly -UM undergraduate student, SRC photographer
    • Nick Martinez – UM undergraduate student
    • Samantha Orndorff – UM undergraduate student
    • Konnor Payne – UM undergraduate student
    • John Proefrock – UM undergraduate student
    • Omar Ramzy – RSMAS MPS Student
    • Delaney Reynolds – UM undergraduate student
    • Paola Roldan – SRC photographer
    • Emma Schillerstrom – UM undergraduate student
    • Camilla Smith – RSMAS MPS student – Gear & Equipment Manager, Permit Coordinator
    • Oliver Topel – UM undergraduate student
    • Rebecca Vanarnam -UM undergraduate student
    • Olivia Williamson – RSMAS graduate student
      • Valerie Zundel – RSMAS MPS student – Social Media Manager