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ODU Researcher to Appear on Syndicated Public Radio Program

By Jon Cawley

Old Dominion University's Sara Maxwell will discuss her fisheries research using satellite tracking during a presentation of the public radio program "For Good Reason" that will be broadcast March 31 through April 7 on stations nationwide.

Maxwell, an assistant professor of biological sciences, was interviewed regarding her work using satellite tracking to help fisheries avoid catching whales, turtles, sharks and other animals while hunting for their intended catch.

Maxwell's expertise focuses on the interaction between large marine predators, particularly seabirds, sea turtles, marine mammals and sharks, and human uses of the oceans such as wind energy, and marine fisheries as well as the cumulative impacts of human activities. Her work focuses on determining the effectiveness of management techniques such as marine protected areas, marine spatial planning and dynamic ocean management using novel tools and technologies such as animal-borne technology and habitat modeling.

In Hampton Roads, "For Good Reason" is broadcast Sundays at 7 a.m. on WHRV 89.5 FM.

Hosted by Sarah McConnell, "With Good Reason" is produced by the Charlottesville-based Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. The show was created more than 20 years ago to spotlight the groundbreaking research being done at Virginia's public universities. It is now broadcast by public radio stations in 30 states.

"With Good Reason" has twice won the Gabriel Award for Best Documentary/Public Affairs Program. It also is the recipient of top honors from the Virginia Association of Broadcasters and a second-place award in the Public Radio News Directors competition.

More information and program audio files may be found at the For Good Reason website.

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