Chris Fischer has led 20 global expeditions since 2007 to advance science and education, facilitating millions of dollars in collaborative ocean research on apex predators involving over 50 scientists and 20 institutions. Fischer’s goals are to enable scientists and governments around the world to generate groundbreaking open-sourced data while enabling dynamic STEM education for school children. OCEARCH and Fischer have been featured in over 5,000 news stories in 2013. Fischer believes that being inclusive is inspiring. By breaking down institutional barriers and being resource-focused, scientists can obtain data at a rate otherwise not possible. Concurrently, students are being engaged with a K-12, STEM educational curriculum based on sharks and the Global Shark Tracker. This near real-time dynamic tool allows anyone to track and learn about sharks along with the brightest PhDs in the world. An initial phase of lesson plans, for grades 6-8 is launching in the fall of 2013.
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