Atlantic Ocean Program

Despite their fundamental role in ecosystems around the world, sharks and their effects on ecosystems remain poorly understood.

Research trips throughout the US Coastal Atlantic provide an abundance of data that feed a number of ongoing collaborative and student-run projects that seek to advance the science on sharks.

Studies include:

-Behavior: BRUVS, looking at effects of sharks on reefs and in temperate coastal ecosystems

-Physiology: stress, energy, health

-Conservation genetics

Impact: This program is a pathway for emerging scientists (thought leadership and development). Data is used to inform fisheries management for sharks and their prey.