University researchers onboard R/V ANGARI tagged a wide-range of sharks, collecting valuable data to greatly benefit the shark science community.
About the Expedition:
Researchers from the University of Miami’s Shark Research and Conservation Program (SRC) came onboard R/V ANGARI for shark tagging right off the coast of West Palm Beach, FL. As the first ever expedition onboard R/V ANGARI, the trip went incredibly smoothly with both crew and researchers quickly learning their way around the boat and how to best conduct shark research from the platform. During the day, a nurse shark and tiger shark were caught, tagged, and released offshore.
Dr. Neil Hammerschlag is a marine ecologist and Research Assistant Professor at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science and Abess Center for Ecosystem Science & Policy. He also serves as Director of the Shark Research & Conservation Program at the University of Miami. His current research centers broadly on the behavioral ecology, conservation biology and movement ecology of marine predators, primarily focused on sharks.
Neil’s current research projects include investigating predators-prey interactions between sharks and their prey, identifying shark critical habitats, examining the effects of urbanization on shark movement and health, evaluating effects of ecotourism and fishing capture stress on shark behavior and physiology, examining the ecosystem impacts of overfishing and also evaluating how sharks may respond to climate change stressors. Learn more about Dr. Neil Hammerschlag here.