What is your connection to the Shark Lab?
I first came to the Shark Lab in August 2012, where I volunteered for five months. I came back again in July 2013- October 2013 to volunteer again. During my second stint at volunteering I assumed more responsibility and ran a nurse shark accelerometer deployment for principle investigator Lauran Brewster. I also helped run a baited remote underwater video station (BRUVS) analyzing the prey distribution of lemon sharks in Bimini’s intertidal lagoon. During this second stint at the lab, I applied to come back as a masters student. July 2014 I came back for a third time to start my masters project, using longlines to sample Bimini’s shark population.
Tell us a story about Doc?
Over the years I have heard numerous stories about Doc, and witnessed some myself. Some stories have even reached legendary status. A story that stands out to me, demonstrates Doc’s love and commitment to study sharks. One evening we set a deep line in the Gulf Stream to study population dynamics. Over night the winds sporadically increased, and the next morning when we went to haul the line there were huge swells. The unexpected severe weather dislodged the line. Doc spent several hours driving up and down the coast looking for this line, never giving up. Doc’s resilience and passion for these animals showed in this commitment.
Tell us a story about the Shark Lab?
Working at the sharklab has given me the opportunity to conduct science and field work at a high standard. The lab has set me apart from my peers, and has put me in great standing to continue science after completing my degree.