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Andrea Steel, Director of Development

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Debra Canabal, Ph. D., Development

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT Debra Canabal earned her Ph.D. in Biomedical Science with a concentration in neuroscience at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She did her thesis work on neuronal control of glucose homeostasis and how it is altered in Diabetes. She was also a recipient of a National Science Foundation grant in which she facilitated the science curriculum for inner city school systems. After completing her Ph.D. she became an animal nutritionist for large and small … [Read more...]

Joyce van den Berg, Web specialist

Joyce van den Berg has been intrigued with sharks since she was a little girl.  Working with the Shark Research Institute has been a fulfilling learning experience, and she shares their belief that sharks are just misunderstood creatures of the sea that need to be protected.  When she's not freelancing as a web design & development specialist, she enjoys spending time sailing in Annapolis, MD on the Woodwind Schooner, Bald Eagle & bird watching and driving her Mini Cooper in rallies … [Read more...]

Dean Fessler, Education

Dean Fessler joined SRI in 1991, and began studying bull and Caribbean reef sharks off the Bahamas, and sandtiger sharks off North Carolina. In 1992, he relocated to San Diego to work with blue and mako sharks, and studied hammerhead sharks and whale sharks in the Sea of Cortez. In 1998, he moved to South Africa to study white sharks where he worked with other scientists, underwater photographers and documentary filmmakers. Dean is also a NAUI Divemaster and a member of the Explorers Club. … [Read more...]

Jennifer V. Schmidt, Ph.D., Director of Science and Research

DIRECTOR GENETIC STUDIES Jennifer V. Schmidt, Ph.D. as a post doc Fellow in the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University, along with molecular biologists Robin Ernst, Robert Phillips, Ph.D. and Greg O’Mullan, Ph.D., she initiated SRI’s DNA studies of sharks in 2002. Robin and Jennifer were the first to isolate genetic markers of whale sharks. Jennifer attended the First International Whale Shark Conference in Perth (2005), and the Second International Whale Shark Conference at … [Read more...]

Dave Grant, Deputy Director

Dave Grant works in the best of both worlds — in the classroom and field. His interests in marinelife have led him to the Arctic and Antarctic and some of the world’s most isolated places, like Komodo, Easter and Pitcairn islands. He is fortunate to have been able to observe sharks in the distant waters of Panama, the Seychelles, Galapagos and Midway Islands; and closer to home in New Jersey, Florida, California and Cape Cod. Dave has written about a number of ocean-related topics and is … [Read more...]

Marie Levine, Executive Director

Marie Levine is Founder and Executive Director of SRI. Under her stewardship the organization expanded its membership to more than 8,000, and has research / conservation projects in Canada, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, India, Mexico, Mozambique, The Philippines, Seychelles, South Africa, Taiwan, Tanzania, the UK and the USA. In addition to articles in scientific journals and chapters in books, she authored two childrens’ books on sharks: Sharks: Q&A (New Holland), and Great White Sharks … [Read more...]

Ralph Collier, Global Shark Attack File

Ralph Collier heads the Global Shark Attack File. In 1990, a group of physicians, surgeons, and medical examiners formed the Global Shark Attack File (GSAF). Initially created for medical professionals, it soon expanded to include marine biologists and shark behaviorists. In 1993, SRI was asked to maintain the file. In 2010, Ralph Collier, who has studied shark/human interactions for more than 40 years, was appointed Director of the GSAF. In addition to serving the medical, scientific and … [Read more...]