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FAU Graduate Student’s Research on Sharks to be Featured on Discovery Channel

            BOCA RATON, FL (July 30, 2007) – Mikki McComb, a Florida Atlantic University graduate student studying in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science’s department of biological sciences, will be featured in the documentary “Perfect Predators” for her research on the visual fields of sharks.   The program will air on the Discovery Channel on Wednesday, August 1 at 9 p.m.

            McComb came to FAU as a graduate student two-and-a-half years ago to work with Dr. Stephen Kajiura, an assistant professor of biological science, in his Elasmobranch Research Lab at the university’s Boca Raton campus.   McComb’s primary research focuses on hammerhead and bonnethead sharks, with the latter highlighted in the documentary.  

“The program has been built from scratch in the few years since I first arrived at FAU, and the international exposure illustrates that South Florida is an excellent place to conduct world class research,” said Kajiura. “FAU provides the resources that I could not get at another Florida university.”      

            Kajiura, recognized as one of the leading international experts on sharks, skates and stingrays, also will be featured in the documentary working with captive lemon sharks at the Bimini Biological Field Station in the islands of Bimini.

            The work of Kajiura and his students has been featured previously in documentaries on BBC, the National Geographic Channel and the Discovery Channel.   This documentary will have repeat airings on Thursday, August 2 at 1 a.m. and again on Saturday, August 4 at 2 p.m.  

            For more information, contact Dr. Stephen Kajiura at kajiura@fau.edu.

-FAU-

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