With your help, we’re looking to sample remote reef locations and expand our reach into K-12 classrooms to communicate the importance of sharks and rays in coral reef ecosystems.
The Global FinPrint project wishes to develop an extensive education program for wide audiences using its visually engaging content. This includes access to BRUV clips and field videos, interactive content for the public such as documentaries and web videos, and educational activities and materials for K-12 students and teachers such as video-based lesson plans.
K-12 video-based lesson plans take students on a journey to experience scientific data collection, analysis, hypothesis testing and experimental design alongside researchers through fun, interactive, technologically enhanced activities.
Florida International University has created similar video-based projects in the past featuring Dr. Heithaus’ Shark Bay research. FIU’s education coordinators design the projects, in line with curriculum standards in the schools, and typically use Emmy award-winning producer-director Patrick Greene and his company, Symbio Studios, for video production. Symbio is actively involved in producing educational videos for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Philippe Cousteau’s EarthEcho International on science and math for U.S. schools. FIU is dedicated to transforming learning in the classroom and with your help, Global FinPrint can become part of this sea change.
Sponsor a Reef
Global FinPrint is the first standard survey of coral reef sharks and rays with sampling locations around the world. Because of the project’s goals and potential reach, sponsoring a reef site will help us survey high-priority remote areas. These sites require resource investment to sample and train local scientists and organizations. This sets us apart from many other shark science projects, as our legacy will continue to inform science and conservation in developing nations where help is needed the most. Your contribution can help make this possible. The project’s sampling priorities are currently: Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, Panama, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Indonesia.
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Please use the dropdown menu and comment box below to describe your donation. Our team thanks you for your generosity and for your help ensuring the future of coral reef shark and ray species. For more information or to find out Global FinPrint’s greatest needs, please contact Florida International University’s Demian Chapman to discuss how your donation can benefit the project.