As a conservation biologist, I recognize the importance of an informed and engaged citizenry. To that end, I consider speaking to the popular press about my research and my area of expertise to be an important part of my job. I’ve done over 200 media interviews including interviews for live and pre-recorded TV, radio, newspaper, and magazine outlets. My research has been covered in Nature, Science, National Geographic, National Public Radio, and the Associated Press, as well as local newspapers wherever I’ve lived. I’ve also written popular press articles myself about my area of expertise, and I have bylines with the Washington Post, Scientific American, American Scientist, Slate, Gizmodo, and more. I’ve also been profiled by several local and national media outlets.
Journalists: yes, I’m available to answer your questions about sharks! Please e-mail me with “media request” in the subject line and I’ll get back to you within one business day.
Selected profiles of me, my research, and my outreach
SFU researcher attacks Shark Week for lack of conservation message.
Magazine: Embracing social media for collaboration and outreach
Miami New Times:
Discovery Channel Shark Week’s Biggest Critic is a University of Miami Shark
Grist: Leave the
shark wrangling to the pros
of Pittsburgh: Former Pittsburgher sinks his teeth into Discovery’s Shark Week
and Goliath – One Man’s Quest to End Myth Mongering at the Discovery Channel
Charleston Magazine: The Man, the Myth, the Shark
Duke Today: David Shiffman is on a
mission to change your mind about sharks
Alum David Shiffman swims with the Sharks ( Video here)
Charleston magazine: College shark researcher recommends SharkNado over Shark
Tampa Bay Times:
Shark Week’s biggest critic is sharpening his twitter harpoon
Standard: A shark scientist bites back
8 antidotes to
WIRED: How to explore the ocean’s depths without leaving your desk
Selected interviews in the popular press
CBC Radio Quirks
and Quarks: Scientists want a ‘fin-ale’ to Shark Week shows that hurt sharks
shark experts really think about Shark Week.
Palm Beach Post:
Should Florida ban beach-based fishing?
Speak Up For
Blue Podcast: Florida Land-Based Shark Fishing Policy Changes
NPR: Shark fin
trade faces troubled waters as global pressure mounts
Banning shark fin soup in the US is bad for shark conservation.
Press: Shark fin bans might not help sharks, scientists say
News: A US ban on shark fins is a bad idea, researchers say
Shark fin ban is misguided, would undermine sustainable fisheries, researchers
NRDC OnEarth: It
can’t be legal to drag or shoot a shark, can it?
online boasts reveal illegal shark hunting
Shark-dragging video reflects the rise of Florida’s “jackass” anglers.
Geographic: Shark-Fishing Forum Reveals Destructive Practices Despite Good
Anglers are Targeting Endangered Sharks
For sharks, even catch and release can kill
American: Harvesting sharks could be the key to saving them
magazine: does banning all shark fishing do more harm than good?
scientists agree: shark fishing is ok (sometimes).
nine out of ten shark scientists agree: sustainable shark fishing is fine
Magazine: scientists exonerate cownose rays after nine years
Curbing the shark fin trade is laudable, but it’s not enough to save the
Scientists commiserate over the worst animal names
Network: 21 of the best #StupidCommonNames for wildlife
Dot: Biologists join hilarious Twitter rant about nonsensical common
hashtag of the week: Biologists snort at stupid animal names
at first you don’t succeed, tweet it. Tales of scientific blunders and
some unusual species names dominated social media this week.
The New Tropic: University of Miami
scientist dispels myths about sharks
Radio’s All Things Considered: After Sketchy Science, Shark Week Promises
To Turn Over A New Fin
Will Discovery Channel’s Shark Week continue to swim in strange waters?
Magazine: Eli Roth wants to change the way you see sharks
The reasons why scientists get angry at Shark Week
100% wrong about Shark Week
Magazine: There are other sharks in the sea
Ridiculous, Bloody, Scientifically Questionable History of Shark Week
It’s time for Shark Week to redeem itself
News: Shark Week returns to give new perspectives
What are experts saying about North Carolina shark bites?
Endangered Hammerhead with 34 pups caught in Florida
town wants to kill sharks after shark attacks. Here’s why it won’t work.
CBS News: How to
survive if you encounter a shark
North Carolina monitors the beachfront after a surprising jump in shark attacks
Miami Underwater Festival at Frost Museum of Science makes a splash
Magazine: Hey everyone: stop responding to shark bites by killing sharks
Magazine: Dolphin, half eaten by shark: why you shouldn’t be concerned
Is it fair to call them “shark attacks?”
predators may be the most important animals on Earth
Popular Science: Do sharks make good
The rock star female scientist who put shark research on the map
Scientists want end to traditional trophy fishing for threatened species
magazine: Record keeping for trophy fish is bad for threatened species
complicated relationship between shark conservationists and Shark Week
Vox: Shark Week
Radio’s “On the Media”: Tweeting Shark Week
Digital Times: Discovery Channel redeems itself with awesome, factual alien
Magazine: Expert amateurs: local dive guides report sharks for citizen
Insider: A rare megamouth shark captured off Japan is only the 58th ever
Miami Herald:Hammerhead shark
caught from pier raises debate over ethical catches
Sun-Sentinel: Videos of shark catches popular, but is act legal?
Times: Record-Breaking Hammerhead Catches Deadly, Possibly Illegal, Says
BBC (radio): Rare pink goblin shark
caught by fisherman
Chronicle: Scientists amazed by accidental Gulf catch of second-ever goblin
Business Times: Goblin shark facts as second ever specimen found in Gulf of
Gruesome giant goblin shark caught off coast of Florida
media for science outreach
Sharks do get cancer: tumor found in great white.
PBS NOVA: Why
you won’t be attacked by a shark
Geographic News: The real megalodon: prehistoric shark behind doc uproar
Weird facts you didn’t know about sharks
How to survive the shark attack that is never going to happen to you
Wired: It’s time
for Shark Week to get bigger- and less bloodthirsty
Shark researchers take a bite out of Discovery Channel’s fake Shark Week
Channel provokes outrage with fake Shark Week documentary
Digital Times: Shark Week 2013 fake megalodon documentary breeds confusion,
slams Discovery’s Shark Week fake documentary
Science Monitor: More species of sharks, rays to get protection
Scientists tag Florida sharks to monitor behaviour
BBC Mundo (Spanish):
En el Caribe, los tiburones nadan con GPS (in the Caribbean, sharks swim with
American: Online Chat on Shark Biodiversity and Conservation
NBC 6 Miami: U
of Miami students search for sharks! (Video)
Venezuela shark finning ban announced as country established sanctuary
evolved to save the world (video interview)
Dr. Kiki’s Science Hour: Shark Bites
Radio’s “The Pat Morrison Show”: Do we care too much about flipper? (radio
and Courier: Apparent shark bite, jellyfish stings mar Isle of Palms, Folly
Charlotte Observer: He’s all grown up and he still likes sharks.
Selected writings for the public in the popular press
Shark scientists explain what’s right and what’s wrong with Shark Week
Review of the Meg.
(Op-ed): Florida’s chance to protect threatened sharks
Democrat Who Flipped a Republican Stronghold by Running on Climate Change
magazine: Fishing for a solution: sustainable shark fishing and ocean
298 Bears killed in Florida hunt that ‘ignored science’
Freshwater sharks rediscovered in Papua New Guinea
How Shark Week can save its image
Vox: Shark Week
is upon us. Here’s why I love and hate it
American: New Shark Week film shows the rarely seen sharks of Cuba
years of bad science: how Jaws got everything wrong about sharks
The scientific afterlife of sharks
Shark Week is lying to you
News: Shark Week’s ‘zombie sharks’ harasses animals
IO9: Shark week
lied to scientists to get them to appear in documentaries
Shark Week, ditch Hitler and fiction posing as fact
Mental Floss: 11
amazing sharks you should get to know better
Slate: What you
really see in a wildlife documentary
mermaids do not exist: what Animal Planet’s fake documentaries don’t tell you
about the ocean
with sharks: Was Diana Nyad really at risk of being bitten during her historic
Colbert is the best source of science on TV
dolphins ever save humans from sharks?
exaggerated its research record
are some of the world’s weirdest and most endangered fish
O’Donnell, new co-host of the View, killed an endangered hammerhead shark
American: Long term sperm: Shark gives birth 4 years after contact with male
American: Trade in shark fins takes a plunge
American: Could an animal’s name save it from extinction?
American: The surprising beauty and biodiversity of freshwater fauna
American: predatory fish have declined by two thirds in the 20th century
American: Scalloped hammerheads become first shark species on the U.S.
Endangered species list
American: Wildlife at Belize resort pushed by Travolta could have trouble
American: Have we saved the sharks?
American: Cull Kill Includes Small Tiger Sharks along with Intended
American: Shark Riders Pose Threat to Conservation Gains Made with Diving
American: Tiger Shark Shot and Dumped at Sea as Cull Begins in Western
American: Shark Species Thought to Be Extinct Found in Fish Market
Sport Diver Magazine
“Shark of the Month” series:
Shark, Oceanic Whitetip
Shark, Horn Shark, Thresher Shark
Wired: The best and worst of Shark Week 2013
Zocalo Public Square: How I learned to live with Shark Week
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