Stony Brook University’s Demian Chapman, PhD., was recently awarded a $150,000 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation for his work with sharks. Chapman, an assistant director at the university’s Institute for Ocean Conservation Science, is using genetic testing to track the global shark fin trade. Chapman’s three-year project will gauge the efficacy of recently enacted international regulations intended to curb the overfishing of endangered shark species. Chapman is the author of more than 40 scientific articles and currently manages field research projects on sharks in Belize, the Bahamas, Fiji, New Zealand and Florida.
Demian Chapman’s research focuses on how shark reproduction and movements affect population dynamics, genetic diversity and geographic structure. Do not try this at home.