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
    • Shannon Moorhead, Research Technician, 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

SRC Masters Students

    • Elana Rusnak – RSMAS MS Student, Permit coordinator
    • Mitchell Rider – RSMAS MS Student, FACT/ACT/OTN coordinator
    • Patricia Albano – RSMAS MS Student, Intern Coordinator
    • Abby Tinari – RSMAS MS Student, Data coordinator
    • Chelsea Black – RSMAS MS Student, Social Media Manager
    • 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
    • Victor Bach Munoz – RSMAS MPS student
    • Allison Banas – UM undergraduate student
    • Kaylie Ann Costa – UM undergraduate student
    • Jay Dawsey – RSMAS MPS student
    • Angie Del Llano – SRC media intern
    • Casey Dresbach – RSMAS MPS student
    • Sander Elliot – UM undergraduate student
    • Isabelle Geller – UM undergraduate student
    • Maria Geoly -UM undergraduate student, SRC photographer
    • Bella Horstmann -UM undergraduate student
    • Nicole Lin – SRC photographer, UM graduate student
    • Nick Martinez – UM undergraduate student
    • Enzo Newhard – SRC photographer, UM undergraduate student
    • Samantha Orndorff – UM undergraduate student
    • Konnor Payne – UM undergraduate student
    • Rachael Ragen – UM undergraduate student
    • Delaney Reynolds – UM undergraduate student
    • Molly Rickles – UM undergraduate student
    • Julia Saltzman – UM undergraduate student
    • Olivia Schuitema – UM undergraduate student, Satellite tag coordinator
    • Camilla Smith – RSMAS MPS student
    • Rebecca Vanarnam -UM undergraduate student
    • Olivia Williamson – RSMAS graduate student