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Award Winner Q & A: John Swenson

Q. What award did you receive and when?

I received the Carrier Award for best poster at the 2017 AES meeting in Austin, Texas.

Q. What degree are you seeking, from what institution, under whose guidance?

I’m working towards a Masters degree in Marine Biology from San Francisco State University under Dr. Karen Crow’s tutelage.

Q. What is the most important (actual or potential) finding of your research?  Give us a little background on the subject.


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Applications now open for the 2018 YPRF diversity scholarship

The American Elasmobranch Society, the world’s oldest and largest professional society focusing on the scientific study and management of sharks and their relatives, is now welcoming applications for the 2nd year of our Young Professional Recruitment Fund diversity initiative. Awardees will be given one year of Society membership, in addition to specialized professional development training, mentorship, and networking opportunities specific to their needs as scientists and professionals from developing nations or historically underrepresented minority groups. 


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Elasmobranch lab Q & A: Seitz Lab

Institution: University of Alaska Fairbanks

Lead researcher: Andy Seitz

 

What is the central focus of your research group? Are there any big questions you’re guided by?

The central focus of my research group is applied fish behavior research.  We are guided by answering applied questions that pertain to fisheries management and potential impacts of human activities.

 

How did your lab begin?

The lab began in 2009 when I started my appointment at University of Alaska Fairbanks. 

 


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Award Winner Q & A - Sarah Hoffman

Q. What award did you receive and when?

American Elasmobranch Society Research Award, in 2017

Q. What degree are you seeking, from what institution, under whose guidance?

Florida Atlantic University, Ph.D., Marianne Porter

Q. What is the most important (actual or potential) finding of your research?  Give us a little background on the subject.


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Award Winner Q & A - Emily Meese

Q. What award did you receive and when?

I was awarded the Donald R. Nelson Behavior Research Award at the 2017 AES meeting in Austin, TX. 

Q. What degree are you seeking, from what institution, under whose guidance?

I am a Masters student in Biology at California State University Long Beach in Dr. Chris Lowe’s Shark Lab. 

Q. What is the most important (actual or potential) finding of your research?  Give us a little background on the subject.


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Award Winner Q & A - Samantha Leigh

Q. What award did you receive and when?

I was awarded the Samuel H. Gruber award at the 2017 AES meeting in Austin, TX.

 

Q. What degree are you seeking, from what institution, under whose guidance?

I am working on my PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Irvine in Dr. Donovan German’s lab.

 

Q. What is the most important (actual or potential) finding of your research?  Give us a little background on the subject.



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Student's Guide to AES 2017

The Student’s Guide

Remember…

  • Support your fellow students by attending their presentations!
    • G –Gruber Award Talk, C –Carrier Award Poster
  • Review the Conservation Resolutions in the AES Store!
  • Get your t-shirts and banquet tickets early!
  • ***Join the SAC (Student Affairs Committee)
    • Contact: Johanna Imhoff

 

Don’t miss these events!

 

Wednesday:


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Q & A with Jillian Morris, author of "Norman the Nurse Shark"

Norman the Nurse Shark is a children's book from Jillian Morris and her colleagues, which presents shark science and ocean conservation topics in an accesible format for the upcoming generation of elasmobranch scientists and conservationists. We asked Jillian a few questions about the project from inception to future plans: 

Q: How did the idea for this project come about?


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Elasmobranch Lab Q & A: Save Our Seas Shark Research Center & Guy Harvey Research Institute

Lab: Save Our Seas Shark Research Center & Guy Harvey Research Institute

Institution: Nova Southeastern University, Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center

Lead reasearcher: Dr. Mahmood Shivji

 

What is the central focus of your research group? Are there any big questions you’re guided by?

Our lab uses genetic tools and satellite telemetry to increase knowledge to aid in the understanding, conservation, and management of marine fishes, with a particular focus on elasmobranchs and billfishes.