Embracing the Big Data Revolution for Shark Conservation
August 14, 2020
Noon - 1:00 PM

Sharks are a charismatic species that elicit people’s wonder and fear while playing key roles in natural ecosystems. As mobile top predators, they control prey populations and connect distant ecosystems. However, many shark populations are declining at a rapid rate because of their vulnerable life histories and impacts of fishing and habitat modification. For this reason, they are among the most endangered animals in the ocean. Meanwhile, they are also among the most poorly quantified groups of animals on the planet as basic information on abundance and distribution is lacking for most species. Join Dr. Francesco Ferretti, Assistant Professor, Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech, to discover how you can be a part of the big data revolution in helping to fill this information gap to successfully increase our understanding of sharks, inform management, and promote conservation.

Registration for this event is closed. You can view a recording of this event and other events hosted by the College of Natural Resources and Environment here: https://cnre.vt.edu/alumni-and-giving/get-involved.html.