The Coastal Discovery Museum will host Dr. Kim Ritchie on April 24 at 3 p.m. for this exciting new presentation. People tend to think of sharks as dangerous, indiscriminate predators. Dr. Ritchie aims to make you think differently about sharks and their benefits to humans, our ecosystems and our planet. She will also discuss some of our local sharks and their antibiotic-producing microbial partners. Dr. Ritchie received a PhD at UNC-Chapel Hill before postdoctoral studies at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego. Dr. Ritchie was Senior Scientist and Manager of the Coral Reef Ecology and Microbiology Program at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota Fl for 14 years prior to moving to South Carolina. She is now a Professor at USC – Beaufort, studying coral reefs and sharks and their beneficial microbes.
Cost is $7 per person and reservations are required by calling (843) 689-6767 ext. 223 or online at www.coastaldiscovery.org. The Museum is located at 70 Honey Horn Drive on Hilton Head Island.