Meet Austin Ayer

Fulbright Research Scholar

Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Facebook | ayeraustinm@gmail.com

Currently working on: assessing the efficacy of marine protected areas in the Mexican Caribbean

Talk with me about:

  • graduate school
  • working in Latin America

My STEM story: A combination of my interests in biology and food, my undergraduate thesis used genetic techniques to examine the species composition of the American shark fin market. Using DNA extracted from fins purchased in San Francisco and from shark fin soup sold in Las Vegas, I was able to identify CITES listed endangered shark species within the domestic market.