We are so excited to announce a new program, in collaboration with non-profit Field School Foundation, that has been in the works for a few years now—the Field School Fellowship!
Fellows receive funding to support a year of training and mentorship with our team on the R/V Garvin in marine science research skills, with a particular focus on building competencies in fieldwork, teaching, and scientific writing and analysis.
We’re thrilled to introduce you to our 2020-2021 Fellow, Amani Webber-Schultz.
Amani will be graduating with a B.S. in Marine Science from Rutgers the State University of New Jersey this coming May. As an undergraduate, she participated in research with the Fluid Locomotion Lab at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the Sikes Paleoceanography Lab at Rutgers. Amani’s first “up close and personal” experience working with sharks was through Field School’s Intro to Shark Research Skills course, and she loved it so much that she came back to do the Advanced track. After completing her fellowship, Amani hopes to go back to school to complete a PhD focusing on shark functional morphology. She also asks us to report that she can talk all day about her love for Field School and is happy to chat with prospective students (or future prospective fellows) about her experience.
As you can probably imagine, this is a lean time for the team at Field School.
If you would like to help support the Fellowship program (or our other non-profit outreach and education activities) we’re deeply grateful. You can make a tax-deductible donation here:
Check out this great article by our good friend and collaborator David Shiffman (@whysharksmatter)! Our own Director Catherine Macdonald is quoted in here sharing her perspective on human-wildlife conflict and coexisting with sharks!
The team here at Field School has worked in the Bahamas for years. Some of us got our start in shark research at the Bimini Sharklab, or worked on Shark Research and Conservation Program studies at Tiger Beach. We've loved every moment working in Abaco with the team at the Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organization on our "Shared Waters" project studying Sperm Whales. We've been part of research teams tracking Nassau Grouper in the Berry Islands and off the east coast of Andros, and acted as a mothership for expeditions studying the critically endangered smalltooth sawfish with Dr. Dean Grubbs from the FSU Coastal and Marine Lab on the west coast of Andros.
The Bahamas is a place we love deeply, and the catastrophic damage from Hurricane Dorian means that our friends there need your help. Please, please consider making a donation to one of the following highly reputable organizations working to provide relief to the people and animals on the devastated islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco.
Bahamas Red Cross
Global Empowerment Mission
Humane Society of Grand Bahama
If you're based in Miami, also feel free to reach out to us for more information on how you can volunteer to help locally.
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