I’m Alex McInturf and I’m a shark biologist—AMA!
EDIT: Alright, time's up, but thanks so much for the great questions - I'd like to answer more! Feel free to shoot me an email through my website or ask on Twitter (@AlexGrace1008), and you can check out more of what I'm doing this field season on my blog. For now, though, I have to head out to prep for my fieldwork this weekend. Thanks again!
Hey! My name is Alexandra (Alex) McInturf, and I’m a shark biologist, movement ecologist, and science communicator. As a PhD candidate affiliated with the University of California – Davis, Queen’s University, Belfast, and the Irish Basking Shark Study Group, I conduct my research primarily in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Here, I study the fine-scale movement patterns of basking sharks and the other elasmobranchs (sharks, skates, and rays) that inhabit this region (yes – there are sharks in Ireland!). I’m really interested in what movement can tell us about their behavior, and I use acoustic transmitters and biologgers to look at foraging, habitat choice, and social interaction. My work has recently been sponsored by National Geographic, and you can read more about it on my website. Some fun facts about me: I have degrees in both biology and English, I’m originally from the landlocked state of Ohio, and I’m part of a primate (not a shark) lab at UCD. AMA!
- My website: https://alexandramcinturf.squarespace.com/
- For more information on the basking sharks in Ireland: http://www.baskingshark.ie/
- To learn more about my field site (it’s at the top of the “Cool List” for 2017!): http://www.natgeotraveller.co.uk/smart-travel/features/cool-list-17-2017/
Join Nat Geo WILD for the final night of SharkFest, tonight at 8/7c!