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Students in elective STEM course learn from shark-tagging expeditions

Students in the Biology and Ecology of Sharks elective course participated in shark tagging excursions with scientists and graduate students from the University of Miami. Half of the class went out on Biscayne Bay on March 18, and the other half on March 19 on the R/V Garvin, a research vessel operated by the Field School. The class and the field trip were led by RE faculty Kristine Stump and Heather Marshall, both of whom earned their doctoral degrees after graduate study of sharks.
The student trips, which began in RE's Marine Field Research class, provide students the opportunity to engage in important data collection on a research vessel. Students and researchers work together quickly once a shark is briefly captured. They help take measurements and collect blood and genetic samples. Students also assist as a pipe is placed in the shark’s mouth to allow it to breathe until it is released back into the water.

The first-year elective course exemplifies RE's commitment to moving the level of student inquiry into new intellectual spaces, offering them chances to challenge themselves, confront real-world issues and grow their knowledge and skills in exciting ways.
 
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