Sharks are iconic and misunderstood species with a long evolutionary history. There are over 500 living shark species, all with unique adaptations, that have radiated into nearly every aquatic
habitat. There is tremendous diversity in species life histories, reproductive modes, habitat use,
sensory biology, ecology, and behavior. Sharks are under global threat from human exploitation,
primarily for shark fins. Over 30% of shark species are at risk for extinction. Today, research and
conservation efforts are targeting effective ways to protect endangered species. Dr. Mikki
McComb-Kobza will share the story of sharks rise, diversification, and fascinating adaptations.
She will discuss her current research on white sharks in the North Atlantic and other aspects of
her ongoing conservation projects.