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Preferred title and affiliation : “A Liber Ero Postdoctoral Fellow studying shark conservation and sustainable fisheries at Simon Fraser University”
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Miami New Times: Discovery Channel Shark Week’s Biggest Critic is a University of Miami Shark Scientist
Grist: Leave the shark wrangling to the pros
Jewish Chronicle of Pittsburgh: Former Pittsburgher sinks his teeth into Discovery’s Shark Week
Scuttlefish: David and Goliath – One Man’s Quest to End Myth Mongering at the Discovery Channel
College of Charleston Magazine: The Man, the Myth, the Shark
Duke Today: David Shiffman is on a mission to change your mind about sharks
Duke Magazine: Alum David Shiffman swims with the Sharks (Video here)
College of Charleston magazine: College shark researcher recommends SharkNado over Shark Week
Tampa Bay Times: Shark Week’s biggest critic is sharpening his twitter harpoon
Pacific Standard: A shark scientist bites back
io9: 8 antidotes to Shark Week
WIRED: How to explore the ocean’s depths without leaving your desk
NPR: Shark fin trade faces troubled waters as global pressure mounts
New Scientist: Banning shark fin soup in the US is bad for shark conservation.
Associated Press: Shark fin bans might not help sharks, scientists say
Earth Touch News: A US ban on shark fins is a bad idea, researchers say
Saving Seafood: Shark fin ban is misguided, would undermine sustainable fisheries, researchers say.
NRDC OnEarth: It can’t be legal to drag or shoot a shark, can it?
Nature: Angler’s online boasts reveal illegal shark hunting
Miami Herald: Shark-dragging video reflects the rise of Florida’s “jackass” anglers.
National Geographic: Shark-Fishing Forum Reveals Destructive Practices Despite Good Intentions
Revelator: Florida Anglers are Targeting Endangered Sharks
Hakai Magazine: For sharks, even catch and release can kill
Scientific American: Harvesting sharks could be the key to saving them
Conservation magazine: does banning all shark fishing do more harm than good?
TakePart: Shark scientists agree: shark fishing is ok (sometimes).
Hakai magazine: nine out of ten shark scientists agree: sustainable shark fishing is fine
Discover Magazine: scientists exonerate cownose rays after nine years
Nature Jobs: Networking-Hello, Stranger
Washington Post: Curbing the shark fin trade is laudable, but it’s not enough to save the species
Washington Post: Scientists commiserate over the worst animal names
Mother Nature Network: 21 of the best #StupidCommonNames for wildlife
Daily Dot: Biologists join hilarious Twitter rant about nonsensical common animal names
CNET: Twitter hashtag of the week: Biologists snort at stupid animal names
Nature: If 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
National Public Radio’s All Things Considered: After Sketchy Science, Shark Week Promises To Turn Over A New Fin
Washington Post: Will Discovery Channel’s Shark Week continue to swim in strange waters?
Esquire Magazine: Eli Roth wants to change the way you see sharks
Washingtonian: The reasons why scientists get angry at Shark Week
Newsweek: You’re 100% wrong about Shark Week
On Earth Magazine: There are other sharks in the sea
Washingtonian: The Ridiculous, Bloody, Scientifically Questionable History of Shark Week
Boston Magazine: It’s time for Shark Week to redeem itself
Naples Daily News: Shark Week returns to give new perspectives
Discovery News: What are experts saying about North Carolina shark bites?
Earth Touch: Endangered Hammerhead with 34 pups caught in Florida
Motherboard: A 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
Washington Post: North Carolina monitors the beachfront after a surprising jump in shark attacks
Miami Herald: Miami Underwater Festival at Frost Museum of Science makes a splash
Discover Magazine: Hey everyone: stop responding to shark bites by killing sharks
Philadelphia Magazine: Dolphin, half eaten by shark: why you shouldn’t be concerned
Discovery News: Is it fair to call them “shark attacks?”
Gizmodo: Top predators may be the most important animals on Earth
Popular Science: Do sharks make good dancers?
Washington Post: The rock star female scientist who put shark research on the map
ScienceInsider: Scientists want end to traditional trophy fishing for threatened species
Fish Sense magazine: Record keeping for trophy fish is bad for threatened species
Fusion: The complicated relationship between shark conservationists and Shark Week
Vox: Shark Week debunked
National Public Radio’s “On the Media”: Tweeting Shark Week
International Digital Times: Discovery Channel redeems itself with awesome, factual alien sharks documentary
Discover Magazine: Expert amateurs: local dive guides report sharks for citizen science.
Business Insider: A rare megamouth shark captured off Japan is only the 58th ever seen.
Miami Herald:Hammerhead shark caught from pier raises debate over ethical catches
South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Videos of shark catches popular, but is act legal?
Miami New Times: Record-Breaking Hammerhead Catches Deadly, Possibly Illegal, Says Marine Biologist
BBC (radio): Rare pink goblin shark caught by fisherman
Houston Chronicle: Scientists amazed by accidental Gulf catch of second-ever goblin shark
International Business Times: Goblin shark facts as second ever specimen found in Gulf of Mexico
The Independent: Gruesome giant goblin shark caught off coast of Florida
Nature: Social media for science outreach
Yahoo News: Sharks do get cancer: tumor found in great white.
PBS NOVA: Why you won’t be attacked by a shark
National Geographic News: The real megalodon: prehistoric shark behind doc uproar
Live Science: Weird facts you didn’t know about sharks
Smithsonian SmartNews: 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
Boston Magazine: Shark researchers take a bite out of Discovery Channel’s fake Shark Week documentary
Time: Discovery Channel provokes outrage with fake Shark Week documentary
International Digital Times: Shark Week 2013 fake megalodon documentary breeds confusion, anger
CNN: Scientist slams Discovery’s Shark Week fake documentary
Christian Science Monitor: More species of sharks, rays to get protection
BBC (video): Scientists tag Florida sharks to monitor behaviour
BBC Mundo (Spanish): En el Caribe, los tiburones nadan con GPS (in the Caribbean, sharks swim with GPS). Text. Video.
Scientific American: Online Chat on Shark Biodiversity and Conservation
NBC 6 Miami: U of Miami students search for sharks! (Video)
Huffington Post: Venezuela shark finning ban announced as country established sanctuary
io9: Sharks evolved to save the world (video interview)
Dr. Kiki’s Science Hour: Shark Bites (video interview)
National Public Radio’s “The Pat Morrison Show”: Do we care too much about flipper? (radio interview)
Charleston Post and Courier: Apparent shark bite, jellyfish stings mar Isle of Palms, Folly Beach outings
Charlotte Observer: He’s all grown up and he still likes sharks.
Selected scientific writing for the public
Washington Post: 298 Bears killed in Florida hunt that ‘ignored science’
Washington Post: Freshwater sharks rediscovered in Papua New Guinea
Hakai Magazine: How Shark Week can save its image
Vox: Shark Week is upon us. Here’s why I love and hate it
Scientific American: New Shark Week film shows the rarely seen sharks of Cuba
Gizmodo: 40 years of bad science: how Jaws got everything wrong about sharks
Hakai Magazine: The scientific afterlife of sharks
Daily Beast: Shark Week is lying to you
Earth Touch News: Shark Week’s ‘zombie sharks’ harasses animals
IO9: Shark week lied to scientists to get them to appear in documentaries
New Scientist: 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
Slate: No, mermaids do not exist: what Animal Planet’s fake documentaries don’t tell you about the ocean
Slate: Swimming with sharks: Was Diana Nyad really at risk of being bitten during her historic swim?
Slate: Stephen Colbert is the best source of science on TV
Slate: Do dolphins ever save humans from sharks?
Slate: SeaWorld exaggerated its research record
Slate: Sawfish are some of the world’s weirdest and most endangered fish
Slate: Rosie O’Donnell, new co-host of the View, killed an endangered hammerhead shark
Scientific American: Long term sperm: Shark gives birth 4 years after contact with male
Scientific American: Trade in shark fins takes a plunge
Scientific American: Could an animal’s name save it from extinction?
Scientific American: The surprising beauty and biodiversity of freshwater fauna
Scientific American: predatory fish have declined by two thirds in the 20th century
Scientific American: Scalloped hammerheads become first shark species on the U.S. Endangered species list
Scientific American: Wildlife at Belize resort pushed by Travolta could have trouble stayin’ alive
Scientific American: Have we saved the sharks?
Scientific American: Cull Kill Includes Small Tiger Sharks along with Intended Victims
Scientific American: Shark Riders Pose Threat to Conservation Gains Made with Diving Ecotourism
Scientific American: Tiger Shark Shot and Dumped at Sea as Cull Begins in Western Australia
Scientific American: Shark Species Thought to Be Extinct Found in Fish Market
Sport Diver Magazine “Shark of the Month” series: Great White 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