ETHAN DEWALD

From: Orwigsburg, PA, USA.

Education/Background: Undergraduate at College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA double majoring in biology and environmental science.

Reason for coming: I first became obsessed with sharks watching Discovery Channel’s Shark Week when I was a young boy. I have kept up this tradition every year with my family, and the obsession has only grown stronger with time. As I grew older and began to take higher level science courses, I began to realize how important it is for scientists to be involved with conservation of these majestic predators. Being a person that has been involved with outdoor activities such as fishing, diving, hunting, hiking and swimming, the thought of my own children not being able to partake in the same hobbies that I have been so blessed to enjoy due to lack of natural resources is simply too much to bear. I am focusing my career and education in marine ecology and conservation of these majestic creatures that help tip the balances of the ocean to healthy and robust. After school, I want to enter the field of marine ecology and shark science to help conserve our oceans and the health of these prehistoric predators for generations to come. I am particularly interested in how sharks interact with each other, their environment and humans. I also want to help mitigate negative interactions between humans and sharks, which would only lead to further demonization and call for removal of these misunderstood predatory fish. Working at the Sharklab is a dream come true, as the Sharklab is renowned worldwide for its work on marine megafauna conservation and shark ecology.

ETHAN DEWALD