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Webinar: Tracking White Sharks! An Update on Population Changes off the West Coast of North America
Wednesday, 11 August 2021, 9:00
Wednesday, August 11, 2021. 9:00 PM. Webinar: Tracking White Sharks! An Update on Population Changes off the West Coast of North America. Salvador Jorgensen, University of California, Santa Cruz. Sponsored by NOAA. Register here.
Abstract: This presentation will detail the latest developments in a long-term study of the northeast Pacific great white sharks. A combination of management practices and climate change have led to range shifting and population fluxes among juvenile and adult white sharks. These changes, along with surprising interactions with other predators, underscore the dynamic nature of this cryptic top predator and its important role in coastal and ocean ecology.
About the Presenter: Dr. Salvador Jorgensen is a Marine Ecologist at UC Santa Cruz. Jorgensen’s research focuses on the ecology, migration and population dynamics of pelagic fishes and elasmobranchs. He has conducted research in a range of systems from kelp forests, to seamounts, to the open ocean. Jorgensen holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Sonoma State University and a Ph.D. in Ecology from U.C. Davis where he worked on the design of California’s Marine Protected Areas with the Science Advisory Team under the California Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA). During his Ph.D., Jorgensen was also a Fulbright Scholar in Baja California, Mexico, where he studied the ecological processes of fish species assembly around shallow seamounts, and the use of deep hypoxic habitat by hammerhead sharks. Jorgensen completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University, where he first became a member of the Tagging of Pacific Predators (TOPP) program as lead researcher on white shark tagging and ecology. Over the past decade, Dr. Jorgensen has continued his work on white sharks and other shark and ray species around the world including South Africa and most recently the Galapagos Islands.