Event Date: Wednesday, November 10
Event Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Moonlight Ballroom, Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa, 26 N. Royal St., Mobile, AL 36602

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation presents the Marine Environmental Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, November 10 at the Battle House Renaissance Hotel & Spa in downtown Mobile. Marine ecologist Dr. Neil Hammerschlag will be the keynote speaker. Awards will also be presented to an individual and an organization that has made outstanding contributions to marine environmental sustainability in the Alabama Gulf Coast Region. The 2019 recipients were Jimbo Meador and Thompson Engineering Eco Group.

Hammerschlag is a marine ecologist and Research Associate Professor at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science and Abess Center for Ecosystem Science & Policy. He also serves as Director of the Shark Research & Conservation Program at the University of Miami.

Hammerschlag's research centers on the behavioral ecology of marine top predators under global change. His current research activities focus on determining the biophysical drivers, ecosystem impacts, and conservation implications of large shark movements exposed to urbanization, overfishing, and climate change. He has projects currently underway in Florida, the Bahamas, South Africa, and the Galapagos Islands.

Hammerschlag's work is highly collaborative and employs a variety of low- and high-tech tools including visual surveys, stable isotope analysis, biotelemetry, ultrasonography, diet analysis, underwater video, triglyceride assays, and blood hormone analysis. Neil has conducted research on a wide variety of shark species, including White (Carcharodon carcharias), Tiger (Galeocerdo cuvier), Great Hammerhead (Sphyrna mokarran), Bull (Carcharhinus leucas), Nurse (Ginglymostoma cirratum), and Blacktip (Carcharhinus limbatus). 

Hammerschlag's research has been publicized widely in the media, including features on Discovery Channel, National Geographic, NBC’s Today Show, CNN, and ABC’s Good Morning America – to name a few. In print and online, his work has been featured in the Washington Post, Miami Herald, LA Times, New York Post, NPR News, Science Daily, and various fishing magazines. He has assisted in the development of several shark specials for BBC, National Geographic Shark Fest, and Discovery Shark Week. His lab has even found an audience in diverse publications like Forbes and Oprah Magazine.

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