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Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza of Ocean First Institute Will Recap Dive With Great White Sharks in Live, Free Webinar

McComb-Kobza will be joined by renowned shark researcher Dr. Chris Lowe from Long Beach on Monday, Oct. 24

Boulder, Colo. – WEBWIRE

Boulder, Colo., — Oct. 22, 2016 — Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza, the executive director of Ocean First Institute, will deliver a live webinar for teachers and students from the shark lab at California State University Long Beach on Monday, Oct. 24 at 10:30 a.m. (MST). The webinar will be hosted by great white shark researcher Dr. Chris Lowe.
McComb-Kobza will share her discoveries from her trip this week to observe great white sharks near the island of Isla Guadalupe, 150 miles west off the Baja Peninsula in the Pacific Ocean. The island, recently declared a biosphere reserve by the Mexican government, is home to a population of over 120 great white sharks.  
Working from submersible cages 30 feet below the surface, McComb-Kobza used a laser tool, built by students from St. Vrain Valley School District, to collect data on shark length. While underwater, McComb-Kobza used a special mask to narrate the entire experience. She will offer clips from her videos during the webinar and discuss the wide variety of research questions being studied about one of the world’s most iconic animals.
Students and teachers who participate in the webinar will learn how to identify basic shark anatomy and differentiate between males and females based on unique markings. To register, follow this link:
About Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza
Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza is passionate about sharing her love of the ocean. She is one of the top shark researchers in the world. Her work focuses on the sensory biology and ecological physiology of sharks, skates and rays. McComb-Kobza speaks, teaches and conducts research around the world including in South America, Africa, Asia and Australia. Her outreach efforts have been covered by the BBC, National Geographic, Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, and CBC National Radio Canada. She holds a Ph.D. in Integrative Biology from Florida Atlantic University and is the author of numerous scientific publications.
About Ocean First Institute
As a non-profit, Ocean First Institute works to deepen the natural connection between people and the ocean. We educate and empower people to understand the ocean is our life support system no matter where they live, and that we need a healthy ocean to have a healthy planet. We provide opportunities for individuals to engage in activities that support sustainability, biodiversity and improve the health of our ocean. For more information, visit


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