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Posted 08 September 2006 - 05:54 AM

Mark your calendar's for the next UBCPS meeting: SHARKS OF THE OPEN OCEAN,
presented by R. Aidan Martin.

Date: September 20th
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Vancouver Maritime Museum, 1905 Ogden Street, Vancouver

While coastal sharks are generally timid and difficult for an underwater
photographer to approach, oceanic sharks are often inquisitive and bold.
The open ocean is a huge, demanding environment that requires very different
survival strategies than shallow coastal habitats. Join renowned shark
behavioural ecologist R. Aidan Martin for a fascinating look at the variety
of biological and behavioural adaptations that enable open ocean sharks to
find food and mate in the vast expanse of the Big Blue as well as gain
practical tips on how you can interact with and photograph them as safely as
possible. There will be plenty of opportunity to chat with Aidan after his
presentation, so bring your toughest questions and an appetite for learning.
Who is R. Aidan Martin? R. Aidan Martin is the Director of the ReefQuest
Centre for Shark Research, a Research Associate of the Zoology Department of
UBC, and an Adjunct Professor of the Oceanographic Center of Nova
Southeastern University.
Aidan is internationally recognized as an expert in shark biology and
behaviour. He has studied elasmobranch fishes (sharks and rays) for over 30
years in some 40 countries or island states. His main areas of research are
the evolution, phyletic relationships, functional morphology, life history,
behavioral ecology, distribution, and conservation of elasmobranchs.
A prolific writer and illustrator, Aidan has published over 130 scientific
and popular articles and four books. He has also organized international
scientific symposia on the biology of deep-sea cartilaginous fishes and the
biology and conservation of freshwater elasmobranchs. Aidan is also an avid
diver, having logged more than 14,000 hours in the ocean with some 90
species of sharks and rays.

Don't miss this fantastic presentation!
Marli Wakeling

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