Dogfish Stick Around in Back Sound and the Importance of Observations

This past week my latest paper, published in F1000 Research as part of their Elasmobranch Biology and Conservation collection, officially passed peer review.  This paper summarizes data collected from some spiny dogfish captured during the Back and Core Sound shark survey that seemed to be…

Perfect Little Killing Machines: The Jaws of Death

There’s a bit of a pardox of public opinion regarding the effectiveness of spiny dogfish as predators.  Depend on who you ask, they’re either forming a swimming wall of teeth annihilating everything in their path or they’re weak scavengers, poor excuses for sharks.  This much-maligned…

Perfect Little Killing Machines: an Introduction to the Series

Spiny dogfish have had a long history of interactions with humans.  These sharks, once reviled as pests, became valued food fish (particularly in Europe), were declared overfished, rebounded much more quickly than expected, and are now targeted by a certified sustainable fishery on the U.S….

Every Post is a Comeback Post

So I had originally intended to have a mini-blitz of material posted during Shark Week involving some of the topics that slip under the Shark Week radar, but for some reason technical difficulties arose that prevented me from successfully posting.  Also, in the middle of…

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

As those of you who follow me on Twitter have probably already noticed, this week I’m at the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, an annual meeting of fish and reptile researchers that includes the American Elasmobranch Society.  It’s a great way to meet up…

NC Shark Science in the News

The inshore shark survey got some press this week.  Reporter Josh Birch from WNCT rode along with last week’s night trip to capture some North Carolina shark science in action.  We caught a nice blacktip, and adorable baby sharpnose, and a decent-sized stingray on camera,…

Summer of the Shark: Spring Cleaning

Well, that brief break from blogging escalated quickly.  Between a number of housecleaning tasks (both literal and metaphorical) and the onset of field season, I managed to let an entire month slip by without posting.  Which is not to say post-worthy things didn’t happen.  To…

Dogfish Don’t Eat As Much As You Think They Do

It’s been a long time coming, but the work I’ve been doing on spiny dogfish feeding ration has finally seen publication.  For those with access, the paper (published in the North American Journal of Fisheries Management) is now available online (and if you don’t have…

The Summer of the Shark is Back!

Some of you may recall a couple years ago (the summer of 2012) I had a series of posts under the category “Summer of the Shark” recounting the events of my field work trying to survey Pamlico Sound for sharks.  The purpose of that project…

Dogfish Portraits

Field work season is heating up, figuratively and literally.  Before I start another series of posts on updates from the water, here’s a quick recap with accompanying photos of a little project I’ve been involved with for the past couple months (and/or year).  Readers who’ve…