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Movement of Life

Any species, anywhere in the world, for its entire life cycle

sharks

what we do

We are deeply committed to sustaining biodiversity and functioning ecological systems.  Through the use of novel tracking technologies, including acoustic tags, GPS collars, geolocators, and proximity data loggers, we investigate how animals move through space, often traveling thousands of miles to access critical resources.  We aim to answer critical questions about the causes and consequences of movement, to discover unknown migration routes, and to understand how animals respond to natural and human disturbance. 

A juvenile blacktip shark (Carcharhinus limbatus) tagged in September 2016 off the coast of Virginia and fit with an acoustic tag. We received no detections until November, when it was detected in shallow waters to the east of Charleston, South Carolina. The animal has continued to move south and was last detected off the coast of Florida.

who we are

Located across three Smithsonian research centers, our core group of researchers is comprised of marine, terrestrial, and avian ecologists. For additional information or comments, please contact the Movement of Life Program Coordinator.

Charles Bangley

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Fish and Invertebrate Ecology Laboratory

Tel: 443-482-2470 | Email

Autumn-Lynn Harrison

Research Ecologist, Migratory Connectivity Project Program Manager
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
National Zoological Park

Tel: 202-633-4175 | Email

Alex Jahn

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Migratory Bird Center
National Zoological Park

Tel: 202-633-4069 | Email

Peter Leimgruber

Center Head, Conservation Ecology Center
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
National Zoological Park

Tel: 540-635-6589 | Email

Pete Marra

Center Head, Migratory Bird Center
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
National Zoological Park

Tel: 202-633-1594 | Email

John McEvoy

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Conservation Ecology Center
National Zoological Park

Tel: 540-635-0452 | Email

Matt Ogburn

Marine Ecologist
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Fish and Invertebrate Ecology Laboratory

Tel: 443-482-2203 | Email

Brandt Ryder

Research Scientist
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Migratory Bird Center
National Zoological Park

Tel: 202-633-4181 | Email

Jared Stabach

Ecologist, MoL Program Coordinator
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Conservation Ecology Center
National Zoological Park

Tel: 540-635-6578 | Email

Hector M. Guzman

Research Marine Biologist
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Tel: 507-212-8733 | Email

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   |   Michael Goldfarb and Jacqueline Kelly   |   The Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation

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