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“Quantication of Massive Seasonal Shark Aggregations in Southeast Florida”.
Abstract: Southeast Florida witnesses an enormous seasonal influx of upper trophic level marine predators each year as massive aggregations of blacktip sharks (Carcharhinus limbatus) overwinter in nearshore waters. The narrow shelf and close proximity of the Gulf Stream Current to the Palm Beach County shoreline constrain tens of thousands of sharks to the shallow, coastal environment. This natural bottleneck provides a unique opportunity to estimate abundance. We integrate aerial surveys with tagging and telemetry to quantify shark abundance and examine shark movement along the eastern seaboard. These baseline abundance data can be compared to future studies to determine if shark population size is changing and if sharks are restricting their southward migration as global water temperatures increase.
Bio: Dr. Stephen Kajiura is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida Atlantic University. His area of expertise is the sensory biology of sharks and rays with an emphasis on the electrosensory system. In addition to his sensory physiology research, Dr Kajiura studies the massive seasonal aggregation of blacktip sharks in southeast Florida. He incorporates aerial surveys with tagging and acoustic telemetry to document the migration of these sharks along the US eastern seaboard. Dr Kajiura has conducted research for various agencies including the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, and the National Marine Fisheries Service. He has published over 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has presented numerous talks at scienti c conferences. He has supervised a dozen graduate students and post- doctoral researchers, and has served on numerous thesis committees for students from around the world. Dr Kajiura maintains a strong public outreach service, primarily through television documentary appearances, and has served as an elected member of the American Elasmobranch Society Board of Directors. Dr Kajiura received his PhD in Zoology from the University of Hawaii, a MS in Marine Biology from the Florida Institute of Technology, and a BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology from the University of Guelph (Canada).