P1020896Zoo Miami is teaming up with FIU marine scientist Mike Heithaus to give one last peek at the world through the eyes of a predator. To close out the traveling National Geographic Crittercam: The World Through Animal Eyes exhibit, Heithaus will discuss his travels across the world using animal-borne cameras to study how top predators influence their habits. More information >>

Turtle Cam

1_green_turtle_releaseIn Shark Bay we are interested in learning about the diets of sea turtlesin hopes of better understanding the roles that these charismatic critters play in this iconic seagrass ecosystem. The only problem is that turtles in Shark Bay are really skittish and can spend more than 95% of their time submerged, so observing them in the wild is really difficult. Our solution? To temporarily attach a video camera to their shell to record their behavior for us. More information >>

Screen-shot-2013-05-15-at-12.00Mike Heithaus, executive director of the School of Environment, Arts and Society and marine sciences professor, has launched the Heithaus Lab Blog. The blog highlights work from long-term studies in Shark Bay, Australia and the Florida Everglades, as well as newer studies across the globe. More information >>

La Reunion Expedition – Day 4

Last night was full of excitement as we finally got out on the water to fish. Jeremy and I had two cameras ready to deploy and headed out onto the (relatively) flat water ready to track a bull shark through the night.  Being out on the water at night is always exhilarating, but this was truly spectacular. More information >>

La Reunion Expedition – Day 3

IMG_3865Well, we hit a few bumps in the road and haven’t gotten out on the water yet.  But, it looks like we have all the issues resolved and we will be heading out this evening to start fishing. We used the time on shore to figure out how long the dissolving links that release the camera will last. More information >>

La Reunion Expedition – Day 2

IMG_3940We started the day with a few media interviews and then a talk at Université de la Réunion. We got to meet more of the team that will be working with us on the shark mission that starts in the middle of the night tomorrow. More information >>

Reunion-Day-1We arrived on La Reunion today after a seriously long trip.  We got a chance to meet up with some of our fantastic local collaborators today, Pascale Chabanet and Marc Soria, and had a quick look around a small part of the island. More information >>

Heithaus Lab Blog Launch

blogspot_logoAt the Heithaus lab blog we’ll keep up-to-date entries from ongoing field trips and also highlight some of our previous work. From time-to-time I’ll also have the opportunity to talk about the amazing scientists I get to work with in filming video projects for elementary, middle, and high school students. More information >>

SharkIn the recently published paper, “Global Catches, Exploitation Rates and Rebuilding Options for Sharks,” researchers from Dalhousie University and University of Windsor in Canada, as well as Stony Brook University in New York, FIU and the University of Miami calculate total shark mortality and outline possible solutions to protect the world’s shark population. More information >>

Miami Heat players Mario Chalmers and Jarvis Varnado joined volunteers from the School of Environment, Arts and Society in planting trees and building picnic tables at FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus as part of the NBA Green Week.