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Earth Day 2020: Building on a Multi-Year Partnership with the Shark Research & Conservation Program at The University of Miami

We first announced our partnership with the Shark Research & Conservation Program (SRC) at The University of Miami on Earth Day 2018. What began as an unlikely friendship between coffee enthusiasts and shark researchers, scientists, and students has solidified into a partnership that helps advance our collective understanding of shark behavior and an ocean environment in flux. 

Twenty eight research papers published and four Shark Week specials later, we’re proud to announce the renewal of our financial commitments to the Shark Research & Conservation Program for the third year. Thanks to the support of our community and loyal customers, SRC is able to continue scaling outreach, education, and research around the globe aligning with our own efforts to preserve natural ecosystems.


Ruta Maya Shark Tagging Trip, 2018 © Josh Liberman

Directed by Dr. Neil Hammerschlag, SRC’s science focuses broadly on understanding the effects of environmental change on the behavioral ecology and conservation biology of sharks in a human‐altered world. The rogram conducts cutting-edge shark research while also inspiring scientific literacy and environmental ethic in youth through unique hands-on field research experiences.

Opportunities are especially made available for under-served populations in the sciences, such as females through the F.I.N.S. Program (Females in the Natural Sciences). Dr. Neil Hammerschlag and the SRC Program reside in  the University of Miami’s Rosenstel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, recognized as one of the top collegiate programs for marine research in the world. 


Dr. Neil Hammerschlag, 2018 © Josh Liberman
“There is nothing more satisfying than helping to create positive change, whether it is through science or inspiring the next generation ocean ambassadors.” - Dr. Neil Hammerschlag, Director, Shark Research & Conservation Program 

Below is a snapshot of accomplishments made possible in part by Ruta Maya Coffee between 2018-2019: 



Further reading: Notable studies published in scientific journals that stand out for breadth and scale.

  1. Queiroz N, et al. (2019). Global spatial risk assessment of sharks under the footprint of fisheries. Nature, doi: 10.1038/s41586-019-1444-4

  2. Merly L, Lange L, Meÿer M, Hewitt AM, Koen P, Fischer C, Muller J, Schilack V, Wentzel M, Hammerschlag N. (2019). Blood plasma levels of heavy metals and trace elements in white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) and potential health consequences. Marine Pollution Bulletin; 142: 85-92.

  3. Hammerschlag N, Barley SC, Irschick DJ, Meeuwig JJ, Nelson ER, Meekan MG (2018). Predator declines and morphological changes in prey: evidence from coral reefs depleted of sharks. Marine Ecology Progress Series 586:127-139.

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