238 - Uncovering the secrets of a recently-described species, the Pacific Nurse Shark, with Sergio Madrigal Mora
In this week's episode, Elise (IG: @elise_the_mermaid) chats with Costa Rican researcher and Cal State Long Beach Master's student Sergio Madrigal Mora (IG: @sergiomm_77). They discuss how he has juggled coursework in California and field work in Costa Rica, the importance of building international research collaborations, and his preliminary research on the Pacific Nurse shark (Ginglymostoma unami, described 2015) in Santa Elena Bay. This shark is not currently a target species in Costa Rican fisheries, but are often caught in coastal fisheries throughout their distribution. Sergio's research can provide baseline knowledge from a relatively undisturbed population, which has the potential to strengthen management and conservation approaches for the species throughout its range.
Main point: Humans are one small part of a larger ecosystem
CSULB Shark Lab: https://www.csulb.edu/shark-lab
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