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Crowdfunding Shark Research.

7 February 2014

As I promised, I will from time to time highlight interesting crowdfunding projects. Below is a new project from David Shiffman, AKA @whysharksmatter. If you’re interested in marine ecology, this seems like a cool project to support. – Dr. 24hours

My research focuses on the feeding ecology of sharks. This is important because sharks are ecologically and economically important animals that help keep the food chain in balance, but many are threatened with extinction due to overfishing. By studying what they eat, we can make more detailed conservation and management plans.

 Any donation to my SciFund project helps, but larger donations have associated rewards, including the opportunity to join us for a day of shark research ($300 donation), or adopting a GPS satellite tagged shark that you can name and track on Google Earth ($3,000 donation).

My lab, the RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program (SharkTagging.com, Facebook.com/SharkTagging), is also active in education and outreach. Last year, we took over 1,000 high school students on the boat with us to learn about ocean conservation and help with our shark research.

The project can be found here: https://experiment.com/projects/what-are-the-feeding-habits-of-threatened-sharks

I’m happy to answer any questions anyone has about my project or about sharks in general on twitter @WhySharksMatter – thanks!
Sincerely,
David Shiffman
2 Comments leave one →
  1. Syd permalink
    9 February 2014 09:47

    Shiffman does some interesting work analyzing what sharks eat using stable isotope analysis of muscle tissue. No longer does a scientist have to sacrifice an animal to do stomach analysis but can use mass spec to compare isotope levels between predator and prey samples. Cool stuff. And he got his MS locally.

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