Andrea Marshall | Protecting Manta Rays
Nov 3, 2020 14:00 - 14:45
(GMT -5:00) Eastern Time
Event URL: https://www.exploringbytheseat.com/lesson/andrea-marshall-marine-biologist/
Hosted by: Exploring By The Seat of Your Pants
Andrea was the first to complete a PhD on manta rays. She stayed on in Mozambique to spearhead the conservation efforts of these animals along this remote coastline. During this time she co-founded the Marine Megafauna Foundation, an organization dedicated to saving our ocean giants from extinction. As a conservation biologist and principal researcher at MMF, her team focuses predominately on questions related to the effective management and conservation of threatened marine animals. Andrea campaigns globally for the protection of marine giants from whale sharks to manta rays, using her scientific background to formulate plans for their management. Aside from dramatically increasing the level of knowledge on manta rays themselves, Andrea’s discovery of a new giant species of manta ray in 2009 was one of the largest new species to have been described in the last few decades.