Conservation Biologist, Dr. Austin Gallagher '04, shares his shark stories

Dr. Austin Gallagher '04 spoke to Thayer Academy 6th graders and Upper School students at Monday Morning Meeting yesterday. Dr. Gallagher exhorted students to follow their passion, and detailed how he became a conservation biologist focusing on sharks.


Students listened intently as Austin shared his experience studying tiger sharks in the Bahamas, and discussed the importance of protecting this apex predator from extinction. He says his interest in sharks was sparked by his Middle School Marine Biology class with Steve Sirrico P '98, '03.

After his presentation at Monday Morning Meeting, Austin participated in a lively Q&A with 6th grade Middle School students.

Dr. Gallagher was named one of Forbes Magazine's 30 under 30 in Science, and is the founder of Beneath the Waves, a global NGO that promotes environmental protection of the ocean through documentaries.

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