Bimini, The Bahamas

Kara is a former research volunteer of the esteemed Bimini Biological Field Station (Shark Lab). During her time at the Shark Lab she helped collect data for three PhD students on the role sharks and rays play in the Bahamian marine ecosystem. Kara synthesized data across various subjects (molecular and behavioral ecology, physiology, conservation and sensory biology) and gained specialized field experience handling pelagic sharks, tracking movement networks and habitat preferences.

Covering pelagic shark research at the Bimini Shark Lab also helped Kara acquire an excellent foundation in shark conservation research, writing and video editing. Kara had the opportunity to engage with preeminent shark researchers and ocean ambassadors working on solutions for some of the biggest challenges facing sharks today.

The Bimini Biological Field Station was founded in 1990 by Dr. Samuel Gruber with the support of the University of Miami. Brought to Bimini by his research excursions in the 80s, Doc recognized that Bimini had an abundant shark population so he sought and received funding to build a full-time facility for his graduate students. Twenty-six years later, BBFS is a world renowned marine research lab and responsible for making East Bimini a marine protected area.