OCEARCH Science Symposium

We are excited to announce and invite you to attend the first OCEARCH Science Symposium to be held at Jacksonville University’s Marine Science Research Institute. The symposium is designed to allow past OCEARCH research expedition participants and invited guests an opportunity to meet, exchange information, and expand collaboration.

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Wednesday, February 21

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Opening Reception on board the MV OCEARCH in Downtown Jacksonville, or at MSRI in case of inclement weather

Thursday, February 22

8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m.

Welcome Quinton White

9:10 a.m.

OCEARCH at JU and Lowcountry II Bryan Franks

9:30 a.m.

Preliminary observations on white shark reproduction using nonlethal approaches James Gelsleichter

9:50 a.m.

Movement patterns of large sharks from the northwestern Gulf of Mexico Matt Ajemian

10:10 a.m.

Habitat use of young-of-the-year white sharks in three dimensions Michael McCallister

10:30 a.m.


11:00 a.m.

Regional Movement Patterns of Tiger Sharks in the Southeastern US Bryan Frazier

11:20 a.m.

Antibiotic-producing bacteria as a health proxy for tiger sharks of Port Royal Sound Daniel Conrad

11:40 a.m.

Antibiotic producing bacteria associated with sharks Kim Ritchie

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m.

OCEARCH in the Classroom: A STEM Based Inquiry Approach Jennifer Cotton

1:20 p.m.

Nutrition and Feeding Ecology of White Sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) in the North Atlantic Lisa Hoopes

1:40 p.m.

Visual Ecology of the White Shark and Short Fin Mako Christine Bedore

2:00 p.m.

Creating baseline health parameters for free ranging Atlantic sharks Alisa Newton

2:20 p.m.

Presentation pending TBA

2:40 p.m.

Presentation pending TBA

3:00 p.m.

Recent Advances in OCEARCH science infrastructure and productivity Bob Hueter

3:20 p.m.

Keynote Address Chris Fischer

4:30 p.m.

Adjourn for dinner on your own.

Friday, February 23

8:30 a.m.


9:00 a.m.

Workshop on OCEARCH and Future Research

11:30 a.m.



We have arranged accommodations at the Courtyard Marriott I-295/East Beltway for a group rate of $129/night. Reservations must be made by February 9, 2018, to qualify for this rate.

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