Shark Tourism in Ireland?

I have just returned from three weeks in Ireland, where I did sociological research on public perceptions of basking sharks.

That’s kind of a mouthful.

I had to suffer through sunsets like this while I surveyed. It was a real struggle, but somehow I made it through.

What I really did was spend time in tropical Buncrana, walk along the beach and local trail with perpetual puppy eyes and asked people to fill out my survey. I was aided by the unseasonably warm weather and the Irish Open which kept people outside and happy, respectively. Continue reading “Shark Tourism in Ireland?”


British Columbia and Basking Sharks

While my master’s research is focused solely on basking sharks in EU waters, in my general research on them, I came across an unusually troubling account of species eradication. This is the story of the basking shark in British Columbia.

Have you ever heard of basking sharks in British Columbia?


Yeah, there’s a reason for that. I will tell you a short but terrible tale. I warn you, it is not for the faint of heart.

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Occoquan River Clean up

I participated in a clean up of Occoquan Regional Park this week. Dr. Dann Sklarew kindly invited me to come kayaking with his class (I know, my job sounds so terrible) and I put together a short video from the Gopro footage I shot while on the water. I also learned that it is very difficult to paddle a kayak and hold a Gopro steady. We found quite a bit of plastic trash. I didn’t get footage of it, but someone even found a “Graduation 2018” beach ball! They kept it.

Basking Sharks: A Brief Overview

This summer, I will be in Buncrana, Ireland, conducting a survey on public opinions about basking sharks and shark tourism in the region. I know, I know, who goes to Ireland to see sharks? Well, over the next few weeks, I will hopefully be able to convince you that Ireland is a shark hotspot!

But first…

Meet the Whale Shark’s Ugly Cousin

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Update: Ocean 180 Video Challenge

Competition was tough this year for the Ocean 180 Video Challenge! I did not win, but I am honored to have been featured as a finalist at all. My video was viewed by 21,000 students all over the world. Considering I had a budget of $0 and filmed my narration in my bathroom*, I think that’s pretty impressive. All the videos are definitely worth a watch, and the competition was a really unique way to challenge myself in scientific communication and outreach.

*I have a really great Bruce poster, but Disney is quite litigious

What is PEREC?

I put together a short video explaining what the Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center is. This was a question a lot of the faculty told me they had to field, so I wrote a short narration and used miscellaneous footage and photos to illustrate PEREC’s research and community outreach. I finally bought a mic (as opposed to the one I “borrowed” from a friend for a year) so there was a bit of learning curve with that.


I recently wrote a blog post for the 5th International Marine Conservation Conference.

Everyone loves the sea. Each year, millions of people all over the world flock to sandy beaches. When digging toes into the warm sand, listening to the waves crash over the ocean, how may people feel connected to the ocean? And how many people take that connection home with them, often far from the coast, and impossibly far from the open sea?

Our connection to the sea, no matter how far inland we may live, runs deep. Snow from the mountain tops melts, running off our roads and lawns into rivers, before eventually emptying out to the sea. With much of that run off comes pollutants, chemicals from our pesticides and sediment from agriculture. These pollutants threaten our health and fisheries, as cans of tuna line grocery store shelves.

Read the rest here.