Who are you? What do you do?
I’m a PhD student working in the SeaQL lab. My research aims to better describe the ecological role of sharks, with a focus on predator-prey dynamics and risk effects. I’m also evaluating the conservation and ecological impacts of marine protected areas for sharks.
What’s your favorite aspect of your research?
Many species of sharks are threatened or endangered, and a great many more are “data-deficient” – we just don’t know enough about them to evaluate their population status. I love working to learn more about these amazing animals before it’s too late. Plus the fieldwork!
Your favorite Blacksburg activity!
Hard to pick just one, but if I had to choose, it’s tough to get better than a float down the New River with some friends and a fishing rod!
Departmental bio here.