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One-quarter of the world’s sharks and rays are threatened with extinction. The rest are either approaching threatened status or too poorly studied to be assessed.

What are we learning from the world’s largest coral reef shark survey? Join us on October 22 for LIVE@Frost Science as we welcome molecular ecologist Dr. Demian Chapman, a lead scientist behind Global FinPrint, the world’s largest reef shark and ray survey. Dr. Chapman, an associate professor at Florida International University, is an internationally recognized shark expert and has published papers on shark genetics, virgin births, the shark fin trade, and shark tracking, among other topics. The event will be moderated by Lad Akins, Dive Safety Officer & Captain at Frost Science. A brief audience Q&A will follow the formal program.

Global FinPrint was launched in 2015 as the first global survey of its kind, deploying baited remote underwater video stations (BRUVS) to learn more about the worldwide status of sharks on coral reefs and to identify new opportunities for their conservation. A Paul G. Allen initiative, the study united an international team of researchers and to date, more than 400 reefs in 58 countries and territories have been surveyed, with over 20,000 hours of footage collected. Global FinPrint found that sharks are absent from many reefs around the world, especially where dense human populations intersect with poverty and poor governance. Their analyses identified a portfolio of conservation actions that are likely to help these animals and, importantly, located nations with high potential for reef shark conservation moving forward.

Admission is complimentary. Tickets are limited to two per transaction. Program will take place inside the Frost Planetarium.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Program starts promptly at 7:00 p.m. Seating is first-come, first-served. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase prior to the event. (Food and beverage is not allowed inside the Frost Planetarium).

Please note registration to the event does not include museum admission. Museum exhibitions close at 6:00 p.m. Onsite parking is available in the museum garage for $8 flat rate starting at 6:00 p.m.

Photo of Dr. Demian Chapman, Associate Professor Biological Sciences Florida International University

About the Speaker

Dr. Demian Chapman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Co-Director of the Predator Ecology and Conservation Laboratory at Florida International University. A molecular ecologist by training, he leads the Global FinPrint project and has research interests in combating wildlife trafficking, understanding global trade in shark and ray fins and meat, and the science behind using closed areas to protect marine predators. His work has contributed to real world conservation outcomes for sharks and rays in the form of shark sanctuaries around the world, improved shark and ray management in Belize, and the listing of multiple species on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

Parking Instructions

  • Onsite parking is available in the museum garage for $8 flat rate starting at 6:00 p.m.