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Sharkfest Kick Off: Exploring the Hidden Lives of Sharks with Dr. Aaron Carlisle and David Shiffman

  • 24 Jun 2022
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • 6908 Bel Air Rd, Natural History Society of MD
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Join us as we kick off Sharkfest 2022 with a special RedCarpet Event featuring a live keynote address by shark scientist, Dr. Aaron Carlisle, from the University of Delaware. who will provide an overview on shark evolution, biology, and ecology – highlighting the important role sharks play in the Mid-Atlantic region and the World’s oceans. Dr. David Shiffman will be back to read from and sign copies of his recently published Why Sharks Matter book. And we will cut the ribbon and unveil our new exhibit- Horizontal Shark Dentitions donated by Stephen Cunningham.

Dr. Aaron Carlisle has a B.A in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University, a M.S in Marine Science from San Jose State University and a Ph.D in Biological Sciences from Stanford University. He currently is an assistant professor at University of Delaware School of Marine Science and Policy. Dr. Carlisle is currently researching the spatial, trophic, and physiological ecology of elasmobranchs (sharks, skates, and rays)  He is a member of an international research marine conservation consortium, as well as the IUCN Shark Specialist Group, which seeks to secure the conservation of the world’s sharks, rays and chimaeras. Over the course of his career, he has also worked as a member of the Pacific Shark Research Center, and alongside the NOAA Environmental Research Division.

Spaces are Limited

Doors open: 6 PM
Ribbon cutting ceremony: 6:30 PM
Speakers: 7 pm


The Natural History Society of Maryland is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and contributions are tax-deductible.

The mission of the Natural History Society of Maryland is to foster stewardship of Maryland’s natural heritage by conserving its natural history collections, educating its citizenry, and inspiring its youth to pursue careers in the natural sciences.

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