March 12, 2004
Shark research expert awarded fellowship
R. Van Sommeran, executive director of the Santa Cruz-based Pelagic
Shark Research Foundation, has been awarded a fellowship with the
Conservation Science Institute in recognition for his efforts and
accomplishments in the field of marine conservation and research.
The fellowship will provide research support and networking
opportunities for the independent research group, and its various
research and monitoring studies focused on elsamobranchs (sharks and
rays) of the Monterey Bay and Eastern Pacific Ocean.
Van Sommeran has served as PSRF’s executive director since he
established the organization in 1990. He has been a wildlife consultant
for several TV networks and received a World Wildlife Fund
"innovations" award in 1996.
Founded in 1994, the Conservation Science Institute, which includes a
Santa Cruz branch, is a think-tank and research organization whose
goals include resolving emerging ecological and environmental dilemmas.
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