Tagging in Bull Shark Country

Last week the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) Movement of Life Initiative tagging efforts went on the road as I headed south to Florida’s Treasure Coast in search of cownose rays and bull sharks.  Both of these species are the focus of Movement of Life…

2016: A Year in Review

‘Tis the season for end-of-year recaps, and I’m certainly up for jumping on the bandwagon. 2016 was year that I wanted to try and revive this blog a bit, which was at least partially successful.  Finishing up a dissertation didn’t do me any favors as…

Sharks and Rays in North Carolina’s Natural Laboratory

I got a nice pre-Thanksgiving surprise when the latest paper based on my dissertation research officially went live at the Bulletin of Marine Science.  This research was presented at the amazing Fish at Night Symposium and will be part of the upcoming special issue focused…

Life Events

It’s been an eventful month and a half, and a time of transition.  I’m officially shifting my range north to Maryland, where I’ll be spending the next two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center helping with the coastal shark portion…

Expedition Inner Banks

Juvenile sharks have been in the news lately thanks to some fine work by OCEARCH, who found and tagged nine juvenile white sharks off of Long Island, confirming the area as a white shark nursery.  While this was happening, I was also out on the…

This is Happening

I’m pretty bad about unannounced hiatuses.  The slightly over three month gap since the last post was due to me finishing off my dissertation, which for those of you outside the strange world of academia is basically a giant paper containing all the results of…

And We’re Back

Well that was some break.  Quite a bit has been going on to make that long unannounced hiatus happen, both in the world of dogfish and in my own life.  Since it seems that this blog has been spared the weirdness going on at Southern…

It’s a New Year

For a number of reasons, I decided (both intentionally and unintentionally) to wait until over a week into 2015 to do a “year in review” post.  Part of this is because I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss anything up to New Year’s Eve. …

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…

Actual Sharknado off of Cape Hatteras

North Carolina’s weather has never been what you’d call predictable, especially off of Cape Hatteras (all those shipwrecks have to come from somewhere).  That said, what I saw yesterday while tagging sharks off of Hatteras takes the cake.  During what had been an uncharacteristically nice…