NatGeo Explorers Fights Shark Stigma at SharkFest

MIAMI– To celebrate SharkFest, National Geographic Explorers Dr. Shireen Rahimi and Dr. Catherine Macdonald are teaming up to share how sharks thrive in shallow water ecosystems.

Dr. Rahimi is a marine anthropologist and underwater filmmaker based in Miami, Florida. Her research on coral reefs has often led her to encounter sharks, many of which inhabit the reefs.

“I will often team up with other scientists who have more expertise than me when trying to tell a specific story,” says Dr Rahimi. “One of those people is Dr. Catherine Macdonald.”

Dr. Macdonald is director of the Field School and senior lecturer at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami. His research focuses on Biscayne Bay, a haven for young sharks that live in its shallow waters. “That makes it a really valuable ecosystem,” says Dr. Macdonald. “In terms of shallow water, it allows things like seagrass beds to thrive and allows smaller sharks to avoid larger sharks that don’t want to be in such shallow water.”

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