Summer is just around the corner, and we have big plans for it! We’re thrilled to announce a new initiative at Birch Aquarium at Scripps and introduce a new member to our team: Dr. Andy Nosal.
As our DeLaCour Fellow for Ecology & Conservation, Andy, a marine biologist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, will spend the next three years working with Birch Aquarium and sharing his scientific discoveries with our visitors. Andy earned his Ph.D. from Scripps in December and specializes in shark ecology, with a particular focus on La Jolla’s population of leopard sharks.
July & August 2013 will be “Shark Summer” at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. We’re celebrating our local populations of leopard sharks and their cousins with a new exhibit, dozens of shark-related public programs, and lots of interaction with Andy for our visitors.
Stay tuned for information about these programs and Andy’s research down at La Jolla Shores, where he’ll be flying a weather balloon along the shore this summer to track leopard sharks, research that has important implications for local shark conservation efforts.
We hope you’re as excited as we are to embark on this new initiative!