FIU scientists worked with citizen scientists to tag sharks and collect plankton from aboard R/V ANGARI.
About the Expedition:
This expedition invited Florida International University researchers, citizen scientists and videographers onboard R/V ANGARI for an adventurous day studying sharks and plankton offshore Palm Beach County. Twelve drum lines resulted in 3 sharks caught, including 2 tiger sharks and 1 great hammerhead shark. The first tiger shark measured over 11 feet long and was the largest shark caught off R/V ANGARI to date while the second tiger shark was the smallest ever worked up onboard. Many aspects of the day were captured on film and will be used as part of an upcoming joint education program between ANGARI Foundation and Florida International University.
Dr. Mike Heithaus is a marine ecologist, specializing in predator-prey interactions and the ecological importance of sharks and other large marine species like dolphins and sea turtles. His research includes investigating the ecological consequences of overfishing large predators, predator-prey interactions, and the ecology of seagrass ecosystems, coral reefs, and deep-sea communities of the Gulf of Mexico. He has published more than 160 scientific papers and book chapters, co-edited four books on sharks, and attracted over $8 million in research support. Mike also serves as Dean of the College of Arts, Sciences & Education (CASE) and Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University (FIU).
Committed to research and to communicating science, Mike works on many environmental research projects and outreach activities. He can be found studying sharks and other marine creatures in remote areas of the world like Moorea, French Polynesia, the Everglades, and Western Australia, or speaking to kids and their teachers, in person or virtually, at K-12 schools across the country. He has co-written two high school science textbooks, is an author on national K-8 science programs, and a member of the Science Advisory Committee for Pew Environment’s Global Shark Program.