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Completed Fellows

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Completed Safina Center Fellows and their more recent notable works include:

2003 – 2018
Eric Gilman, fisheries scientist who works to reduce unintended catches of turtles, sharks and other marine life in fishing gear

Photo courtesy: Eric Gilman

Meta-analysis of post-release fishing mortality in apex predatory pelagic sharks and white marlin, a paper in Fish and Fisheries by Eric Gilman and Michael K. Musyl. 2019.

Post-release fishing mortality of blue (Prionace glauca) and silky shark (Carcharhinus falciformes) from a Palauan-based commercial longline fishery, a paper in Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, by Eric Gilman and Michael K. Musyl. 2018.

Effects of pelagic longline hook size on species- and size-selectivity and survival, a paper in Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries by Eric Gilman, et al. 2018.

Review of effects of pelagic longline hook and bait type on sea turtle catch rate, anatomical hooking position and at-vessel mortality rate, a paper in Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries by Eric Gilman and Hsiang-Wen Huang. 2017.

Mitigating bycatch in tuna fisheries, a paper in Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries by Eric Gilman, et al. 2017.

2016 – 2017
Chris Jordan, found-object artist and filmmaker who creates powerful images depicting the issue of mass consumption and degradation of the natural world

Photo: Erica Cirino

Carbon, 8×15 feet in four panels (each 40×96”) – artwork by Chris Jordan depicting 2,400,000 pieces of coal, equal to the estimated number of pounds of carbon dioxide being emitted into the Earth’s atmosphere every second by the human burning of fossil fuels. 2018.

Mandala 432, graphic artwork by Chris Jordan. 2017.

Albatross the Film, by Chris Jordan. 2017.

Camel gastrolith, a video by Chris Jordan. 2016.

2014 – 2017
Shawn Heinrichs and John Weller, photographers, filmmakers and conservationists who have worked to address the need for marine protected areas worldwide, and who have brought attention to poaching of sharks and rays

Photo: Shawn Heinrichs

Light on Shadow, a photography exhibit by Shawn Heinrichs shown at the Southampton Arts Center. 2018.

Ross Sea Marine Protected Area in Antarctica established, and John Weller participated in its creation. 2016.

The Guardians of Raja Ampat, a film and concert tour created by Shawn Heinrichs and John Weller shown at the culmination of their 10-year initiative to promote ecotourism and discourage poaching in Raja Ampat. 2014.

2015 – 2016
Dr. Ellen Prager, author and marine scientist who works to make the world of science entertaining and understanding for people of all ages

Photo courtesy: Ellen Prager

Escape Galápagos (Bucket List Adventures), a children’s book by Ellen Prager. 2019.

Stingray City (Tristan Hunt and the Sea Guardians), a children’s book by Ellen Prager. 2016.

The Shark Rider (Tristan Hunt and the Sea Guardians), a children’s book by Ellen Prager. 2015.

Mucosa marina: Es pegajosa, asquerosa y en el océano…fabulosa, Spanish edition of Sea Slime: It’s eeuwy, gooey and under the sea–a book by Ellen Prager. 2014.

Sea slime: It’s eeuwy, gooey and under the sea, a children’s book by Ellen Prager. 2014.

The Shark Whisperer (Tristan Hunt and the Sea Guardians), a children’s book by Ellen Prager. 2014.

2013 – 2015
Demian Chapman and Debra Abercrombie, shark geneticists/conservationists who work to track populations of sharks and rays across coral reefs in an attempt to better understand anthropogenic pressures

Photo courtesy: Demian Chapman and Deborah Abercrombie

Species composition of the international shark fin trade assessed through a retail-market survey in Hong Kong, a paper in Conservation Biology by Demian Chapman and Deborah Abercrombie, et al. 2018.

A multiplex PCR mini-barcode assay to identify processed shark products in the global trade, a paper in PLOS One by Demian Chapman and Deborah Abercrombie, et al. 2017.

Global FinPrint project, the world’s largest reef shark and ray survey, led by Demian Chapman. 2014 – ongoing.

(above photo: Lemon sharks in the Bimini Islands, Bahamas. © Matt Potenski)