The Secret Lives of Sharks

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 1:02pm -- lwhite

Scientists Simon Thorrold and Camrin Braun from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution discuss how researchers are using cutting-edge, satellite-based tags on Cape Cod Sharks to answer some basic questions. Scientific knowledge of iconic fishes like the great white shark is limited. There is little knowledge about what they eat or their feeding behaviors, where they go to mate or to breed, or “why” they do almost anything. For all other shark species, scientists know even less. 

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 Simon Thorrold received a B.S. from the University of Auckland, and a Ph.D. from James Cook University, North Queensland, Australia. He runs the Fish Ecology Lab and serves as director of the Ocean Life Institute. His research addresses the ecology of coral reef fishes, movements of juvenile and adult reef fishes within coral reef seascapes, the structure and functioning of ocean food webs and migration patterns of sharks, manta rays and swordfish. He is championing the use of WHOI’s unique scientific and engineering expertise to reverse the effects of human impacts on ocean ecosystems.


Camrin Braun is a fourth-year doctoral student in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography. He holds an M.S. in Marine Science from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology where he studied manta ray ecology in the Red Sea, and a B.S. in Environmental Studies/Conservation Biology from The College of Idaho. His doctoral research broadly focuses on how large pelagic fishes interact with oceanographic features and what that means for species behavior and ecology. He hopes his work will directly improve management of these important fish populations and keep them in our ocean for future generations to enjoy.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm