Virtual Lunch & Learn Lecture - SHARKS: Reproduction, Conservation, and the Myth of the Shark Attack
Date: Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT (Convert to your time zone)
Location: Online via Zoom (you will receive the link when you register)
Join your fellow Florida Tech alumni for a virtual Lunch & Learn Lecture about the ever-intriguing subject... SHARKS!
In the past few years, interest in sharks has intensified due to growing concern for the health of the world’s oceans and the increasing need for conservation and management of shark populations. As top predators, sharks play a vital role in preserving marine ecosystem health by weeding out the sick and the weak among their prey, but little is known about their basic biology, and over 25% of species are at risk of extinction. Sharks reproduce and grow very slowly, more like humans than other fish, which makes them particularly vulnerable. We discuss why shark reproduction is so dangerous, why you are more likely to get attacked by a vending machine, and what you can do to help protect shark populations.
Dr. Toby Daly-Engel is the director of the Shark Conservation Lab at Florida Tech, where she and her students work with collaborators from state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and public groups to conduct biomonitoring of Atlantic sharks, understand the impacts of rising temperatures on shark movement patterns, and identify novel species. Daly-Engel's research uses a combination of genomics, field ecology, and modeling to study mating systems, habitat use, and the impacts of climate change on shark populations.
Dr. Toby has authored over 20 peer-reviewed publications and made several media appearances based on her work, such as appearing on Discovery Channel’s Shark Week 30th Anniversary special “Great White Shark Babies” in 2018. She also has a passion for promoting the representation of women in science-based fields, especially women of color.
This spring, she filmed a show for Discovery that's all about tiger shark reproduction and traveled to the Bahamas to dive with and talk to comedian Tiffany Haddish about shark sex, one of Discovery's celebrity guests this year. Both of these segments will run during Shark Week in August. She also has a show on bull sharks coming out on Nat Geo's Shark Fest (their version of shark week), which will also air this summer.
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