JACK DALES

From: Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA.

Education/Background: BSc in Fisheries and Wildlife, minor in Marine Ecosystem Management from Michigan State University (2020). Former Intern (2018) and Research Technician (2019) at the Cape Eleuthera Institute. I will be pursuing a master’s in Marine Science at Jacksonville University this upcoming fall.

Reasons for coming: I’ve had a fascination with the water for as long as I can remember coming from my time growing up in Michigan. I would always be outside exploring the numerous bodies of water Michigan has to offer. Additionally, I was, and still am, a shark week addict and was always excited to see what was next each year. Taking this curiosity to Michigan State, I became involved in the marine science courses which ultimately led me to an internship with the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI). While at CEI, I focused primarily on learning the basics of fieldwork in marine science. The major projects I was involved with investigated the pelagic zone, particularly fish aggregation devices and silky shark telemetry. I later returned to CEI during the summer as a research technician where I cemented my career choice. I have always wanted to be a part of the Bimini Biological Field Station (BBFS) because of its amazing reputation, cutting-edge science, and its focus on a wide variety of elasmobranchs. The BBFS allows aspiring marine scientists to focus on all aspects of elasmobranch research, which is crucial to successful and impactful science in future career avenues. For my career interests, being at the Shark Lab is the best possible place to be. Being at the BBFS will allow me to strengthen my experience and continue to learn and grow before pursuing higher education.

JACK DALES