Video: Shark Research with RJD on Mysteriously Beached Lemon Shark

Last year, after a lemon shark was reported dead on a Florida beach, Director of the R.J. Dunlap Marine Conservation Program Dr. Neil Hammerschlag, and two Ph.D. students, Austin Gallagher and David Shiffman, conducted a necropsy on the shark.

This very short video teaches you basic anatomy and gives you a peak into the life of a lemon shark.

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RSMAS Student Takes a Byte out of Social Media

Today’s “Lunch Byte” seminar titled “Social Media for Scientists” featured Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy Ph.D. student David Shiffman. David is a Policy Ph.D. student for the R.J. Dunlap Conservation Program focusing on shark conservation, contributing writer for Southern Fried Science – one of the most widely read ocean blogs on the internet, and one of the most influential marine conservationists on Twitter (@WhySharksMatter).

Influential science blogger David Shiffman

David spoke on the advantages of using social media to grow exposure for your science as well as your “personal brand.”

“Social media is a great way to connect with others in the science community, share ideas on subject matter, and enlighten others who are curious to know more,” says David. “There is a whole world out there of people with similar interests. Social media simply unites them and provides them with a platform on which to connect.”

The enthused participants spit out questions rapid fire eager to learn more, and David accepted the challenge without hesitation. A few take-aways from David’s presentation included the ease at which information is shared, along with the speed at which it is shared, opportunities for professional grow in the industry and basic “how-to’s” of various platforms.

It seems more and more scientists are using social media as a way to mobilize their research. Are you using social media for your research and how effective has it been? What platforms have you seen the most success with? Share your story below in our comments section.

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Twitter Use Earns RSMAS Student Trip To Auckland, New Zealand


RSMAS Ph.D. student David Shiffman, who is an expert on the use of social media for conservation advocacy and science education, has been selected as the first-ever official “Tweeter” of Marine Section of the Society for Conservation Biology. He is presently at the International Congress for Conservation Biology in Auckland, New Zealand, where he is live-Tweeting marine conservation presentations and workshops so that interested people around the world can follow along. You can follow along with David and other conference Tweeters by following hashtag #ICCB on Twitter, or by following David directly @WhySharksMatter.

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R.J. Dunlap Student Vies To Win $10K For Shark Conservation

Rosenstiel School student David Shiffman is a finalist for a $10,000 scholarship for his work with online conservation, advocacy and science education. It’s a close race and the final decision comes to votes! He needs your help! David is the only marine science candidate.

If he wins, the money will be used to support ongoing research and outreach at RSMAS, including adopting a satellite tagged shark (this long-term project recently resulted in the protection of four shark species in Florida waters) and continuing the RJ Dunlap‘s program of taking hundreds of high school students and teachers into the field to learn about science and conservation while they catch sharks.

Please Vote for David on the College Scholarships website once per day.

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