Jasmin Graham is a shark scientist and environmental educator who specializes in elasmobranch (shark and ray) ecology and evolution. Her research interests include smalltooth sawfish movement ecology and hammerhead shark phylogeny. She is a member of the American Elasmobranch Society and serves on their Student Affairs Committee as the Early Career Representative.

Jasmin has a passion for science education and making science more accessible to everyone. She is project coordinator for the MarSci-LACE project, which is focused on researching and promoting best practices to recruit, support and retain minority students in marine science. Jasmin is the CEO of Minorities in Shark Sciences, an organization dedicated to supporting women of color in shark sciences. She is excited to help open doors for more underrepresented minority students to join the exciting field of marine science.

Jasmin’s work encompasses the areas of science communication, social justice, outreach, education and conservation. She cares deeply about protecting endangered and vulnerable marine species, particularly elasmobranchs. She works in collaboration with Havenworth Coastal Conservation to study movements of elasmobranchs in Sarasota Bay. She has been featured on “Dive In with Sylvia Earle” and “StarTalk with Neil DeGrasse Tyson” as well as several other podcasts and webinar series. She was also an organizer for the 2020 “Black in Marine Science Week” and is a member of Black Women in Ecology, Evolution and Marine Science (BWEEMS).

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?Night Owl
2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?Pro-pun
3 Do you have any pets?A dog named Iggy
4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?Yes I have sharks and sawfish all over my house
5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?Cooking
6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?Both
7 Do you speak any other languages?Spanish
8 If you could switch professions, what would you do?Broadway Actress
9 If you could switch science fields, what field would you want to work in?Linguistics
10 If you got a plane ticket right now, where would it go?New Zealand
11 If you had one superpower, what would it be?Invisibility
12 Is there anything you strongly recommend we watch and/or read and/or listen to?Watch: This is Us; Read: The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness; Listen to: Michelle Obama’s Podcast
13 It’s your day off. What do you want to do?Play board games
14 What are three things you can’t live without?Quiet, friends and lists
15 What beverage gives you life?Quiet, friends and lists
16 What book did you read in school that positively shaped you?The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
17 What did you want to be when you grew up?Happy
18 What drives you and keeps you going?Leaving the world better than how I found it
19 What got you excited in science?Finding answers to questions
20 What excites you about science now?Being out on the water
21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?Steak
22 What is a secret talent of yours?I’m a classically trained opera singer
23 What is your favorite game?Vindication
24 What is the last book you read?All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
25 What is one of the best pieces of advice you’ve received?It’s not the end of the world, it only feels like it.
26 What is something you’ve always wanted to try but you’ve been too scared to do?Solo camping
27 What is the best advice for your 18 year old self?Be yourself
28 What is the best way to de-stress?Spa day followed by a steak dinner, no cell phone, no emails, no interruptions
29 What is the last thing you watched?Being Mary Jane
30 What is the weirdest thing you’ve had in your bag?Animal remains
31 What is your favorite animal?Tardigrade
32 What is your favorite book?Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
33 What is your favorite comfort food?Mashed Potatoes
34 What is your favorite day of the year?My birthday
35 What is your favorite plant?Oak Trees
36 What is your favorite science fact?Phytoplankton produce more than half the oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere
37 What is your favorite season?Fall
38 What is your favorite smell?Mahogany
39 What is your favorite sound?The cello
40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?My smile
41 What is your favorite word (in any language)?Love (in every language)
42 What is your proudest moment?Launching Minorities in Shark Sciences
43 What kind of tree would you be?Sequoia
44 What’s the best thing about where you live?The ocean
45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.I’m claustrophobic
46 Who would you like to see 46 Questions interview next?Triana Arguedas @elasmotri