October 30th is International Ghost Shark Day! How to Celebrate with MLML:
Watch MLML Research Faculty Dr. Dave Ebert on KION News:
Read a Forbes article quoting MLML graduate student Amber Reichert of the Pacific Shark Research Center:
Visit PSRC at Sharktoberfest NightLife
MLML's Pacific Shark Research Center will be at the California Academy of Sciences on October 4th for their Sharktoberfest NightLife Event. Come ask all your shark questions, or attend one of their talks:
7pm: MLML Grad Student Vicky Vasquez will speak about being the first researcher to identify the elusive Ninja lanternshark.
9pm: MLML Faculty Dr. Dave Ebert has a talk titled “State of Emergency: Searching For Sri Lanka’s Lost Sharks”
MLML's Dr. Dave Ebert of the Pacific Shark Research Center has been featured on a number of news stories related to sharks in the Monterey Bay.
Read and watch the stories below:
- ABC Bay Area News: Criminal investigation into what killed great white shark that washed up on Santa Cruz Co. beach
- ABC Good Morning America: Great White Shark sightings in Monterey Bay
- KSBW: Shark warning issued in Santa Cruz County
- Live Science: A Dead Great White Shark on a Santa Cruz Beach Leads to a Criminal Investigation
- NBC Bay Area: Close Call: Shark Swims Within Feet of Kayaker in Monterey Bay
- SFGate: Kayaker paddles with a dozen great white sharks off coast near Santa Cruz
Friends of the Pacific Grove Public Library
Meet the Author: Dave Ebert
Date: February 22nd, 2018, 7:30pm - 9pm
Doors Open: 7:20pm
Admission: requested donation of $10
Dive into the 8th Annual Whalefest Monterey with us this weekend!
MLML students will be tabling all weekend with many specimens on hand from the Pacific Shark Research Center.
On Saturday at 2pm, our emeritus ichthyologist, Dr. Greg Cailliet, will be speaking in the Wharf Theater about Monterey's subtidal fishes. His talk is titled: "Below Pacific Tides - Fishes that live in Subtidal Habitats in Monterey Bay."
Aspects of The Life History And Taxonomy Of Deep-Sea Chondrichthyans in the Southwestern Indian Ocean
A Thesis Defense by Paul Clerkin
Monday, October 30th at 4pm
MLML Seminar Room
Paul Clerkin graduated cum laude from Cornell University in the winter of 2010 with a double major in Science of Natural and Environmental Systems and Natural Resources. He also received associate degrees from Sacramento City College with President’s Highest Honors in Biology, Chemistry, Physical Science, Sociology, and Humanities. His research experience includes storm tracking with the Coastal Processes Division of NOAA, an NSF REU internship at Rutgers University Marine Field Station, research assistantships in chemistry (at American River college) and Ichthyology (at Cornell's Museum of Vertebrates), and a research voyage aboard a tall ship during SEA's semester at sea.
After completing his undergraduate degree, he served several deployments as a shipboard Certified Fisheries Observer with the National Marine Fisheries Service in the Bering Sea out of Dutch Harbor, Alaska. In 2011, he began his studies at MLML’s Pacific Shark Research Center under his adviser, Dr. David Ebert. He has worked with Dr. Ebert to instruct chondrichthyans workshops on the island nations of Mauritius and the Seychelles for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. He also participated in a cruise in the Southern East Atlantic as a shark expert for FAO/UN.
During the last quarter of a century, the conservation and management of chondrichthyans (collectively, sharks, rays, and chimaeras) has received considerable focus. This is especially true for deep-sea chondrichthyans. As technologically advanced fisheries expand into deeper waters of the high seas, new chondrichthyan species are being discovered and described at an increasing rate. The objectives of this study were to investigate the deep-sea chondricthyan fauna in a remote region of the Southwestern Indian Ocean Offshore and provide descriptions of three species of Chimaeridae previously unknown to science, and collect and analyze biological parameters relating to the life histories of all shark species encountered. Specimens were collected as bycatch in deep-sea fisheries from 46 sites along deepwater seamounts of the Southwest Indian Ocean Ridge and the Madagascar Ridge. Among the species encountered were three relatively large chimaeroids, which upon closer examination, were determined to be distinct from all other known members of the family. A description these three new species is presented. A total of 4009 specimens were examined and sex ratios, size range, smallest mature, largest immature, and length at 50% maturity (LT50) calculated. Detailed information is presented on the reproductive biology, life history, and distribution of 31 species representing 14 genera.