This field skills course is designed for students who are passionate about sharks and interested in pursuing undergraduate or master's field research on these amazing animals.
It will include in-depth instruction on shark handling and workup procedures, including the collection of morphological measurements, as well as training in numerous fishing methods, including longlining, gillnetting, and the use of drumlines.
Students will gain experience fishing in estuarine, inshore and offshore environments. They will be taught how to safely restrain sharks of various sizes and species, as well as techniques for minimizing shark capture stress. In addition to field days, this course includes significant classroom instruction on shark biology and ecology, field research skills and techniques, and experimental design.
We will also include an optional but highly recommended workshop on communicating with the public about your research--especially important for those studying animals that are dangerously misunderstood.
Species that may be caught include: Atlantic sharpnose, lemon, sandbar, bull, nurse, blacktip, bonnethead, tiger, hammerhead and southern stingray.
Research collected as part of this course contributes to numerous ongoing research projects at Field School, Coastal Carolina University and the University of Miami on shark feeding ecology, habitat use, stress physiology and morphology.
Day 1: Field skills, boat safety, shark handling and shark biology and ecology lectures.
Day 2: Shark fishing using longlines
Day 3: Small shark gillnetting and evening shark dissection with biological lecture.
Day 4: Longlining for sharks plus night baiting.
Day 5: Offshore block rig/drumline fishing for large sharks. Evening lecture on biology/ecology.
Day 6: Offshore fishing for large pelagic sharks and tagging techniques.
Day 7: Final workshop on field skills and science communication.
Price: $2550 per person
Includes: All field research activities, transportation once participants arrive at the RV Garvin, and all housing and food costs (except for one "dinner out" at a local restaurant).
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