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…

A Practical Guide to Making Sharks Puke

A funny thing happened since the last time I posted: a paper of mine got published.  As of last week, this paper on evaluating a nonlethal way of collecting shark stomach contents has been available via Google Scholar.  Authored by myself, my advisor, and a…

Age and Growth

As you may have seen on Southern Fried Science, I and three other more-than-deserving bloggers have been pulled up to the big leagues.  I’m excited about this opportunity and looking forward to contributing to what has been one of my favorite places on the internet. …

Happy Birthday to The Blog

Posting may have slowed a bit, but this blog has managed to stay up and swimming for three years as of yesterday.  In that time, I’ve made 290 posts, gotten 57,320 page views (roughly equivalent to a slow week at Deep Sea News, but I’ll…

U.S. Atlantic Spiny Dogfish: MSC Certified

After nearly two years of assessments and public comment, the U.S. Atlantic spiny dogfish fishery has officially been certified as Sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council.  This makes it the second shark or ray fishery ever to get MSC certification, and is the first multi-gear,…

Shark Week 2012 in Review

Before I duck into my annual review of Shark Week, I have a confession to make: I didn’t manage to see all of Shark Week this year.  In my defense, it was because I was participating in an entirely different kind of Shark Week in…

Shark Week 2012 Preview

It’s getting to be that time of year again.  Shark Week, the seven-day Super Bowl for shark nerds and casual viewers alike, is celebrating its 25th year this summer.  This year it runs a little later than usual (probably to avoid conflicting with that little…

Summer of the Shark: Prologue

As mentioned earlier, this summer I’ll be starting the first of several shark-related projects that should (hopefully) add up to my dissertation.  The first is a summer pilot study that aims to find shark hot spots in Pamlico Sound.  Tomorrow, before the crack of dawn,…

The Future

Posts have been a little sparse here for the past month or so, and it’s because I’ve been spending a lot of time a.) finishing up my first year of PhD school, and b.) setting up a new batch of projects set that will keep…