Shark Biology and Conservation Course

Bimini Biological Field Station Foundation
Published
March 25, 2019
Location
Bimini, Bahamas
Job Type
Closing date
10th April 2019

Description

Shark Biology and Conservation Course - Bimini Biological Field Station Foundation

Location: Bimini, Bahamas

Course Dates: 17th to 22nd April 2019

Deadline for Course Enrolment: 10th April 2019

Established & incorporated in 1990 by Dr. Samuel Gruber, the Bimini Biological Field Station Foundation (BBFSF) aka Bimini Sharklab is a world-famous facility located on the island of South Bimini, Bahamas. Today we operate as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organisation, however, for the last few years we are also grateful to have been supported by the Save our Seas Foundation, and now form a partnership with the Foundation, collaborating and working together where possible.

The mission of the BBFS Foundation is to advance our knowledge of the biology of marine animals especially the heavily impacted elasmobranch fish fauna (sharks and rays); to educate future scientists at undergraduate and graduate levels; and to disseminate our research results to advance the field of marine science and conservation biology, as well as raise public perception and awareness of sharks and other marine species.

 

BBFSF has three main objectives:

1. Understanding the biology of sharks and rays and the role that they play in the marine ecosystem through cutting edge field and laboratory research spanning multiple disciplines such as molecular and behavioural ecology, physiology, conservation and sensory biology.

2. Educating future scientists through providing opportunities for students, to design and conduct research projects at the undergraduate and graduate level, to complete advanced university degrees in the marine sciences; and through voluntary training as interns, thus advancing their field experience and skills.

3. Enhancing conservation and awareness through disseminating our results to both the public (tours of our facility, talks, TV documentaries, social media, posters and blogs) and scientists (peer-reviewed journals, conference presentations and posters, fishery reports and books).

 

Course description

BBFSF occasionally offers a non-technical course in the general biology of elasmobranchs. Daily field trips and activities are provided to immerse you in the rich flora and fauna of Bimini’s diverse and pristine habitats that support the sharks you will encounter. From mangroves forests to seagrass meadows and shallow sandy flats to rocky shores fringed with coral reefs, you will gain insight into the role of sharks in these unique ecosystems. Guests will learn how sharks are captured, tagged and released for scientific research, observe a dozen Caribbean reef sharks while they actively compete for food, watch a great hammerhead glide over the sand in search of prey and more. Classroom lectures and presentations provide for engaging discussions on the biology and ecology of sharks, as well as the research conducted at the Shark Lab over the past 28 years.

Guests will also receive daily lectures from experts actively working in the field of shark research, including Dr. Dean Grubbs, Associate Director of Research at the Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory. Dean is an expert in marine biology, fish ecology and fisheries science, with particular expertise in the biology of coastal and deep-sea sharks. He has been studying sharks and rays for more than 25 years and has tagged and released more than 10,000 sharks from 40 species.

This course is ideal for individuals wishing to learn more about sharks and rays from leading scientists in this field. The entire 6-day all-inclusive course is held at the Bimini Biological Field Station (Shark Lab) from 17th April - 22nd April 2019.

The price of this course is $2310 and includes all meals and board, field activities, lectures and a return charter flight from Miami to Bimini, Bahamas.

For more information check out our website www.biminisharklab.com/opportunities

Contact details: Sophie Hart at media@biminisharklab.com

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