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Valerie Hagan

Staff Biologist & Program Coordinator

Sharks & Rays Conservation Research Program

Today's Research for Tomorrow's Oceans


Valerie is a Sarasota native who can credit much of her interest in sharks and rays to being raised around Mote Marine Lab. She joined staff in 2016 and is proud to be working directly towards shark and ray conservation on both a local and global scale. This work includes the husbandry and care of research elasmobranchs in the Marine Experimental Research Facility, assisting in lab and field studies, and utilizing genetics and video surveys to gain information that is vital to understand populations related to shark fisheries and trade.


B.S. in Biology, Saint Leo University