What We do
Our research suggests Biscayne Bay may be a nursery area for seven species of sharks and ray.
Read our open access publication about the discovery of a great hammerhead nursery here.
Nursery habitats where young individuals spend early years of life are important for some sharks and rays. Identifying key habitat for juveniles can help us better conserve threatened populations.
This project, funded in part by an Explorer Grant from National Geographic, collects data about the habitat use of small sharks and rays within Biscayne Bay and their role in the ecosystem, including Critically Endangered great and scalloped hammerhead sharks.
We are actively engaging policy-makers, the public, and key stakeholder groups in our research and conserving Biscayne Bay. If you would like to get involved, attend an event, or join a stakeholder workshop make sure to sign up here.
Many people care deeply about Biscayne Bay--including recreational anglers, boaters, commercial fishermen, watersport enthusiasts, beach-goers, and environmentalists. All their concerns and needs must be considered in planning for a sustainable future.
#ProtectBiscayneBay combines scientific research on Biscayne Bay as nursery habitat for fish and at least seven species of sharks and rays with public engagement to further conservation of Biscayne Bay for all who call it home.
Our women-led scientific team knows personally how important mentorship, role models, and a welcoming learning environment can be early in your career. We have developed this research and conservation program around creating opportunities for young women in science. All of our scientific data is collected as part of ongoing hands-on education programs and long-term internship experiences for historically excluded groups in STEM.