Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography & ODU Resilience Collaborative

Fall 2019 Seminar Series


Francesco Ferretti
Virginia Tech

Monday, November 18, 2019
3:30 PM
Conference Center, Innovation Research Building II
4211 Monarch Way, Norfolk, VA 23508


Sharks are charismatic species that elicit people's wonder and fear while playing key roles in natural ecosystems. As mobile top predators, they control prey populations and connect distant ecosystems. However, many shark populations are declining at a rapid rate because of their vulnerable life histories and impacts of fishing and habitat modification. For this reason, they are among the most endangered animals in the ocean. Meanwhile, they are also the most poorly quantified group of animals on the planet as basic information on abundance and distribution is lacking for most species. Here I show how disparate and unconventional data sources can contribute to fill this information gap and contribute to successfully increase our understanding of sharks, inform management, and promote conservation.


Francesco Ferretti is a quantitative and computational marine ecologist, specializing in research synthesis. His scientific work is on marine conservation, fishery sciences, population dynamics, and quantitative ecology with a special interest in sharks and rays. He combines ecology, statistical modeling, and data science to approach questions on animal abundance and distribution, species interactions, large marine predators, top-down control, structure and function of large marine ecosystems.

Reception before seminar at 3:00 PM

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