September Social: The Wild, Weird World of Sharks

By OceanFirst on 8/27/18


Sharks are iconic and misunderstood species with a long evolutionary history. There are over 500 living shark species, all with unique adaptations, that have radiated into nearly every aquatic habitat. If you think all sharks look like great whites, you are in for a big surprise! Unfortunately, sharks are under global threat from human interference and over 30% of shark species are at risk of extinction. Dr. Mikki is one of the nation’s leading shark experts and has devoted her career to shark conservation. During her presentation, she will share stories of sharks’ diverse histories, diversification, and fascinating adaptations as well as a first-hand account of her experience with conservation and research efforts that target effective ways to protect endangered shark species.

Thursday, September 20th at 6:30 pm at Ocean First 


Mikki is passionate about sharing her love of the ocean. Mikki is one of the top shark experts in the world. Her work focuses on the sensory biology and ecological physiology of sharks, skates, and rays. Mikki is a tireless advocate for sharks and shark habitat. She seeks to highlight their global population decline and to frame new directions for their conservation.

Mikki speaks, teaches and conducts research around the world including in South America, Africa, Asia and Australia. Her outreach efforts have been covered by the BBC, National Geographic, Discovery Channel's Shark Week, and CBC National Radio Canada.

Mikki strives to bridge the gap between research and public engagement. She believes that when people are aware, they care and when they care, they act. Her current position as Executive Director of Ocean First Institute allows her to promote research, conservation, and sustainability. The Institute also supports expeditions and a variety of education initiatives that reach students of all ages.

Mikki holds a Ph.D. in Integrative Biology from Florida Atlantic University and is the author of numerous scientific publications.

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