Sept. 7 Webinar: In the Bedroom of the Shark

An MRC Lunch & Learn Seminar Hybrid

September 7, 2021
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Our September Lunch & Learn Webinar featured Dr. Jeff Carrier, who for the last 20 years has investigated the mating behaviors of sharks in the only systematic study of shark mating that has ever occurred for any species, anywhere in the world. See below for video from this event.

For more than 50 years, Dr. Jeff Carrier has studied the natural history of nurse sharks in south Florida and the Florida Keys. In this presentation, Dr. Carrier will share rare underwater photographs and video of mating activities, his research results, and describe their critical importance to protecting shark populations at risk. Dr. Carrier will conclude by outlining his current efforts to extend his study to the Indian River Lagoon system and our local shark populations.

**The photographs and video contained within this presentation are copyrighted materials. They may not be copied or downloaded in any form. To do so violates United States copyright infringement statutes. Photos and video are copyrighted and provided courtesy of Dr. Jeffrey Carrier, Jillian Morris, Duncan Brake, Andy Murch, and Harold L. Pratt. Used with permission. All rights reserved.**

About Our Presenter

Dr. Jeffrey CarrierDr. Jeffrey Carrier is Professor Emeritus of Biology at Albion College (MI) where he was a faculty member from 1979 to 2010. He earned his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Miami in 1974. His primary research interests center on various aspects of the physiology and ecology of nurse sharks in the Florida Keys. His most recent work has investigated the reproductive biology and mating behaviors of this species in a long-term study from an isolated region of the Florida Keys. Those studies now focus on the Indian River Lagoon. He holds an appointment as an Adjunct Research Scientist with Mote Marine Laboratory’s Center for Shark Research. In addition to his many publications in the scientific literature, he has written and edited six previously published books on sharks and their biology, and numerous articles in the popular press including National Geographic Magazine and a recent article on Rookery Islands published in Florida Sportsman Magazine in March.


MRC’s Lunch & Learn Webinar series is a long-standing and cherished social offered to the East Central Florida coast region, and is supported by volunteers and the community’s charitable giving. If interested and able, we ask participants to donate toward our guest speaker series. All donations are tax-deductible. For more information on the Marine Resources Council, please visit SaveTheIRL.org.