Beyond Jaws

American Elasmobranch Society

Beyond Jaws is the official podcast of the American Elasmobranch Society (AES), the largest and one of the oldest professional organizations dedicated to the scientific study, conservation, and education of sharks, and their relatives the flatsharks (rays and skates), and ghost sharks. The podcast is an informative all things shark-related program to engage and inform shark enthusiasts, the general public, and anyone interested in sharks. The podcast is engaging and fun, with guests discussing their current shark-related activities.

Beyond Jaws and into Shark Science
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Dr. David Ebert and Andrew Lewin speak to graduate students about their research of wedgefish and guitarfish from all over the world.  The hosts speak to: Mariana Martins; Michaela van Staden; Daniel Fernando; and, Stephanie Venables. Connect with AES: Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElasmoSociety Website: http://elasmo.org/

Nov 29

1 hr 45 min

Dr David Ebert and and Andrew Lewin discuss novel research methods in the field and in public aquariums with researchers conducting studies to better understand wedgefish and guitarfish.  We will hear from: Dr. Aletta Bester-van der Merwe Dr. Nicole Phillips Dr. Jim Gelsleichter Beth Fichau Jolene Hanna and Jen Hazeres Connect with AES: Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElasmoSociety Website: http://elasmo.org/

Nov 22

2 hr 33 min

Students researching wedgefish and guitarfish play an important role in the conservation of these species as many of the students are identifying baseline information that will help drive future policies.  During the episode, you will hear from: Alifa Haque Rachel Aitchison Brooke D'Alberto Guido Leurs Connect with AES: Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElasmoSociety Website: http://elasmo.org/

Nov 15

1 hr 53 min

Welcome to the second season of the Beyond Jaws podcast.  In this episode, Dr. David Ebert and Andrew Lewin will be speaking with the organizers, the funding organization, and an international expert from the IUCN on the Global Wedgefish and Guitarfish Symposium.  Connect with AES: Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElasmoSociety Website: http://elasmo.org/

Nov 8

1 hr 19 min

Season 2 kicks off in one day where Dr. David Ebert and Andrew Lewin speak to researchers all over the world who are working to learn more about wedgefish and guitarfish to better protect them.  This season was supported by the Save Our Seas Foundation and covers many of the presenters in the World Wedgefish and Guitarfish Symposium.  Follow this podcast so you don't miss an episode.

Nov 8

7 min 20 sec

Dr. Ana Martins joins Dr. David Ebert and Andrew Lewin to discuss her career studying elasmobranchs in Brazil, Australia (with Dr. Michelle Heupel); and now, Canada.  Michelle discusses how she left Brazil to work with Michelle in Australia even though she did not know how to speak English at the time. She talks about how she overcame that challenge and others.  We also discuss her new research in studying the supply chains of shark meat from around the world.  Connect with AES: Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElasmoSociety Website: http://elasmo.org/

Nov 6

25 min 16 sec

Dr. Jeff Kneebone joins Dr. David Ebert and Andrew Lewin on the podcast to discuss his journey into shark science working with Dr. Greg Skomal. His story is quite interesting as he worked with two of our guests in Season 1.  Jeff was introduced to Greg through Dr. Lisa Natanson. They all got along quite to the point where they continue to work together to this day.  Connect with AES: Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElasmoSociety Website: http://elasmo.org/

Nov 1

20 min 50 sec

Dr. Vincente Faria joins Dr. David Ebert and Andrew Lewin on the podcast to discuss his graduate work on sawfish with Dr. Gavin Naylor. Dr. Faria talks about how he met Dr. Naylor and why he decided to choose sawfish as his focus animal when he wanted to do genetics.  Dr. Faria discovered a number of new sawfish species during his graduate career.  Connect with AES: Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElasmoSociety Website: http://elasmo.org/

Oct 26

22 min 51 sec

Dr. Josh Moyer recently graduated with a Ph.D. studying feeding morphology in sharks, but his career path was ignited and highly influenced by writing a letter to Dr. Eugenie Clark, a famous shark biologist by which people (young and old) were inspired to pursue shark science as a career path.  Josh went to an undergraduate college nearby as Dr. Clark suggested and it is where he met Dr. Dominique Didier. Dominique was studying ghost sharks at the time, which piqued Josh's interest.  Josh ended up conducting his undergraduate thesis with Dominique and went on to do a Master's and a Ph.D. in shark science.  Connect with AES: Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElasmoSociety Website: http://elasmo.org/

Oct 13

23 min 58 sec

Brian Gervalis joins Andrew Lewin on this bonus episode to discuss his time as a graduate student under the supervision of Dr. Lisa Natanson. Brian is a Fisheries Scientist for an environmental consulting firm where he predominantly works on projects related to the emerging offshore wind industry. Brian discusses how he got into environmental consulting and how working with Lisa helped drive his career forward. Connect with AES: Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElasmoSociety Website: http://elasmo.org/

Sep 10

18 min 22 sec

Dr. Kelsey James sits down with me to discuss her experience in doing her Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. Lisa Natanson. Kelsey describes the intensity at which Lisa approached her work and how she uses that intensity as a Fisheries Biologist for NOAA in La Jolla, California. Connect with AES: Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElasmoSociety Website: http://elasmo.org/

Sep 2

19 min 4 sec

Dr. Gavin Naylor joins Dr. David Ebert and Andrew Lewin on the podcast to discuss his career in shark science. Gavin takes us through his childhood from growing up exploring Africa to becoming a shark scientist. Connect with Dr. Gavin Naylor: Twitter: https://twitter.com/gavinnaylor Connect with AES: Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElasmoSociety Website: http://elasmo.org/

Aug 25

59 min 54 sec

Sarah Fowler joins Dr. David Ebert and Andrew Lewin on the podcast to discuss how she got her start in Shark Science and how she was co-chair IUCN Species Survival Commission Shark Specialist Group even though she wasn't a shark scientist at the time. Sarah used her experience as a marine scientist to bring together researchers and practitioners from all over the world to provide the group with information on sharks in their region. Connect with AES: Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElasmoSociety Website: http://elasmo.org/

Aug 18

54 min 53 sec

Dr. Dominique Didier joins Dr. David Ebert and Andrew Lewin to discuss her career studying Chimeras. She decided to study these mysterious animals because nobody else had studied them previously. Connect with AES: Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElasmoSociety Website: http://elasmo.org/

Aug 11

52 min 12 sec

Dr. Michelle Heupel joins Dr. David Ebert and Andrew Lewin on the podcast to discuss how she flew across the world and back, then back again to pursue shark science, and now is the Director of the Integrated Marine Observing System at the University of Tasmania. Michelle talks about how she got first inspired to work in oceans as well as how she dealt with moving across the world multiple times to pursue her career. Connect with AES: Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElasmoSociety Website: http://elasmo.org/

Aug 4

50 min 55 sec

Dr. Lisa Natanson joins Dr. David Ebert and Andrew Lewin on the episode to discuss her role in the Apex Predator Program and her research on the aging of sharks and how it changed the game on aging fish. Connect with AES: Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElasmoSociety Website: http://elasmo.org/

Jul 27

49 min 36 sec

Dr. Greg Skomal is known for building the shark science program for the State of Massachusetts as well as his work on shark week. Dr. David Ebert and Andrew Lewin interview Greg on his career. They discuss how the aquarium hobby helped drive Greg's passion for the Ocean, his books, and his career advice in science and on television. Connect with Greg: Twitter: https://https://twitter.com/GregSkomal Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lostsharkguy/ Website: mass.gov/marinefisheries Connect with AES: Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElasmoSociety Website: http://elasmo.org/

Jul 17

59 min 38 sec

Dr. Jen Bigman sits down with me in this bonus episode to discuss her graduate career studying under Dr. David Ebert and how she was inspired by the way Dave discussed the life history of sharks so much that she wanted to pursue similar interests. After graduating with a Master's at Moss Landing studying with Dave, she went on to do a Ph.D. at Simon Fraser University with Dr. Nick Dulvey. New graduated with her doctorate, Jen is moving on to work as a Post-doc at NOAA to study Bearing Sea fisheries. Connect with Jen Twitter: https://twitter.com/jennybigman Connect with AES: Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElasmoSociety Website: http://elasmo.org/  

Jul 16

18 min 24 sec

In the first episode of Beyond Jaws, Dr. David Ebert (American Elasmobranch Society President) discusses his career path and his passion for describing the life history and naming of sharks that no one knows about. Connect with Dave: Twitter: https://twitter.com/lostsharksguy Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lostsharkguy/ Website: https://www.lostsharkguy.com/ Connect with AES: Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElasmoSociety Website: http://elasmo.org/

Jul 15

48 min 52 sec

Welcome to Beyond Jaws, the official podcast of the American Elasmobranch Society (AES). This podcast will go beyond the fearful reputation of sharks to a better understanding of these species through science and the people who study them. This podcast is supported by the Save Our Seas Foundation. We thank them for their support. Check out other projects that are supported by the foundation by clicking on the link below: https://saveourseas.com/

Jul 13

10 min 40 sec