A Tale With Some ‘Serious Bite’

UM Scientist, Conservationist Discusses Ocean’s Fiercest and Least Understood Predators at NCH


Photo Credit: Neil Hammerschlag. White Shark.

VIRGINIA KEY, Fla. — The University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science’s Sea Secrets lecture series returns to Naples with the first of three upcoming talks: “Sharks: Exploring the Planet’s Most Fierce and Least Understood Predators.” Shark specialist Neil Hammerschlag will speak on Thursday, February 19 at 6 p.m. in NCH Healthcare Systems’ Robert L. & Marie K. Telford Building for Continuing Medical Education Auditorium (2nd floor) at the Downtown Naples Hospital Campus located at 350 7th Street North, Naples, Fla. A complimentary reception precedes the lecture at 5:30 p.m. 

Currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Rosenstiel School, Hammerschlag has studied sharks worldwide, focusing much of his research in South Africa, as well as in South Florida. His research focuses on the ecology of Florida’s coastal sharks, such as bull and lemon sharks, and the important role they play as apex predators within the marine environment.

Hammerschlag is also the co-founder and co-director of the South Florida Student Shark Program (SFSSP), a collaborative, multi-disciplinary research and education program that encourages graduate, undergraduate and high school students to take an active role in modern scientific education and research on Floridian shark species, mangrove fish habitat and the Florida watershed. Through extensive hands-on fieldwork with South Florida’s sharks and marine life, students are provided with the necessary tools to educate others about the need for greater marine and coastal advocacy.

The University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School and the NCH Healthcare System sponsor the Sea Secrets Naples lecture series. The Rosenstiel School designed this series of evening programs specifically for the South Florida non-scientific community to learn more about our blue planet and to meet distinguished scientists and explorers from around the world.

Join the Rosenstiel School for Hammerschlag’s presentation exploring the wonders of sharks, including hunting, social behaviors and the perils faced by our planet’s most fierce and least understood predators.

All Sea Secrets events are free and open to the public; however seating is limited. Please R.S.V.P. to Carla Lovinsky at (305) 421-4061 or

About the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School
Founded in the 1940's, the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world's premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life.  For more information, please visit

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