The College of Dentistry Eco Educators are bringing Dr. Steven Kessel, Director of Marin Research at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium to the College on Friday, February 8 for a lunch and learn presentation. Dr. Kessel will discuss his ongoing research focused on gaining a better understanding of endangered Caribbean shark species in an effort to protect them from further decline. He has led and assisted with studies of lemon sharks, red sea sharks and manta rays and helped develop conservation management programs for special specials.
About the Speaker
Steven Kessel, Ph.D. is the Shedd Aquarium’s Director of Marine Research in the Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conservation and Research. Dr. Kessel oversees a suite of marine conservation research projects aimed at protecting commercially important Caribbean species, such as endangered Nassau grouper and threatened queen conch.
Dr. Kessel has worked extensively with a wide variety of species and has a well-established reputation as a conservation scientist. His research complements the existing conservation portfolio at Shedd, which is intended to advance management and protect imperiled aquatic species across the globe.
In addition to overseeing Shedd’s existing conservation research projects in The Bahamas, Kessel will also launch his own original research project to better understand Caribbean region shark species and how to protect them from further decline. Previously, Kessel has led and assisted with research projects studying lemon sharks, Red Sea sharks and manta rays, and has aided in the development of conservation management programs for various species.
Photo Credit: © Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez
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