Collaborator Spotlight: White Shark Conservation with AWSC
June 8, 2022
Atlantic White Shark Conservancy is on a mission to support scientific research, improve public safety, and educate the community to inspire white shark conservation. Let's learn more about what they do, and the learning resources they create!
What's one thing LabXchange users should know about your organization?
The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy (AWSC) supports scientific research, educates the community, and improves public safety. AWSC is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
What's one fun fact about your organization?
Located on Cape Cod, the AWSC’s research is led by Megan Winton. Her interest in sharks is undeniable and inspiring. As a dynamic and whipsmart researcher, Megan’s work has become critical to our understanding of the local white shark population. Megan specializes in quantitative fisheries biology, using statistical analyses to characterize the habitat use and population dynamics of sharks off our local Coast. And while this work typically lends itself to hours in front of computer screens, Megan firmly believes this work is synergetic and always a team effort.
What is your organization's vision for science education?
The AWSC looks to bring ongoing white shark research to the public. We try to create programs, lessons, and experiences that connect learners to active research projects, and help them to understand how research contributes to conservation efforts.
Who are your scientific inspirations?
Dr. Eugenie Clark, Dr. Sylvia Earle, and Jacques Cousteau!
What is the first science experiment you remember performing?
One of AWSC’s first programs was a mock tagging program where youth learned how to apply tracking tags to inflatable sharks.
Tell us what motivates you to continue creating your amazing content!
Youth! We love hearing questions from youth and then trying to create learning experiences that will answer those questions.
What's your favorite science joke/pun?
We love Jawesome Jokes at AWSC! Here are a few of our favorites:
Why do sharks only swim in salt water? Because pepper water makes them sneeze!
Where do sharks go on holiday? Finland!
What happened to the shark when he got famous? He became a starfish!