Globally Abundant to Critically Endangered: The Conservation Story of the Oceanic Whitetip Shark
Candace Fields, Marine Scientist
Florida International University
Candace Fields shares how her work plays a part in oceanic whitetip shark conservation.
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[READING] ANGARI Foundation – Meet Candace Fields
[RESOURCE LIBRARY] National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – Oceanic Whitetip Shark
[RESOURCE LIBRARY] Florida Museum of Natural History – Oceanic Whitetip Shark
[READING] IUCN Red List – Oceanic Whitetip Shark (Carcharhinus longimanus)
[VIDEO] Shark Bytes – Creature Feature: Oceanic Whitetip Shark!
[PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATION] Howey-Jordan L. A., et al. (2013). Complex Movements, Philopatry and Expanded Depth Range of a Severely Threatened Pelagic Shark, the Oceanic Whitetip (Carcharhinus longimanus) in the Western North Atlantic. PLOS ONE 8(2): e56588.
[PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATION] Papastamatiou, Y.P., et al. (2018). Optimal swimming strategies and behavioral plasticity of oceanic whitetip sharks. Sci Rep 8, 551.
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Originally from The Bahamas, Candace Fields is a Ph.D. student at Florida International University under the joint supervision of Drs. Demian Chapman and Yannis Papastamatiou. After earning her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, she spent two years at the Cape Eleuthera Institute in The Bahamas as a key member on the pelagic research team. Candace’s current research focuses on the population dynamics and geographic population structure of large predators, with a particular focus on oceanic whitetip sharks. More specifically she is using a combination of genetics and tracking to understand more about this critically endangered species with the hopes of aiding in the recovery plan. Candace is passionate about shark conservation and being a Bahamian advocate for the protection and importance of sharks and rays in The Bahamas.
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