NOTE A CHANGE IN TIME: MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 7:30
Sharks, Rays, & Skates: Anatomy, Behavior, & Myths
Presented by Dr. Jason Ramsay, aka "The Shark Guy"
Wednesday January 18, 2016
7:30pm at the Tollman Auditorium
Springfield Science Museum
Dr. Jason Ramsay, a functional anatomist and Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Physiology at Westfield State University, has spent his professional career studying the form and function of a group of fish that elicit both fear and intrigue: the sharks, stingrays, and skates. Dr. Ramsay is an expert on the jaws and teeth of these fish and will discuss how the anatomy of these and other features has revealed a great deal about the behavior and ecology of both living and extinct species. He will also address – and in some cases bust – myths associated with these fish and their behavior. Dr. Ramsay welcomes any questions and discussion about sharks both local and nonlocal.
Dr. Ramsay is an active member of The American Elasmobranch Society (AES), a group dedicated to the study and conservation of sharks and their relatives. He is also a biological illustrator and works in many forms of artistic media to display the beauty and complexity in the natural form of living things. His illustration, above, depicts the local spiny dogfish, Squalus acanthias