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Dive into marine science topics with the Ocean Expert Exchange series hosted by Scientist in Every Florida School and the ANGARI Foundation.  Join us on these virtual experiences to deepen your knowledge of the marine world through livestream on Zoom and YouTube.

Meet Erin Spencer, a science writer and marine ecologist to learn how scientists use “shark FitBits” to study movement and behavior of great hammerheads.


Topic: A Day in the Life of Great Hammerhead Sharks

Speaker: Erin Spencer, Florida International University

Erin Spencer is a science writer, marine ecologist and Ph.D. candidate in Biology at Florida International University studying great hammerhead sharks. Her research uses biologgers, or animal-mounted data collecting devices, to record acceleration, speed, depth, and more, which helps us understand shark energy needs and movement patterns. Prior to working in Florida, she received a Masters in Ecology from the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill where she studied red snapper fishery management and seafood mislabeling, and a Bachelors in Ecology from the College of William and Mary where she studied invasive lionfish management. She is a three-time National Geographic Explorer grantee and has given talks to groups of all ages through National Geographic, the World Bank, and TEDx, as well as many school groups. She is also an avid writer and has a children’s book called The World of Coral Reefs that was published in March 2022.

K-12 Resources: Extension Activities

Fall Series Schedule:

Sep. 7 – The Day in the Life of Great Hammerhead Sharks

Oct. 5 – Engineering Solutions for Coral Reef Research

Nov. 9 – Engineering with Nature for Climate Adaptation 



Name: Scientist in Every Florida School

Email: skillingsworth@floridamuseum.ufl.edu

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Name: ANGARI Foundation

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