Sharks: Understanding the Apex Predator

Sharks occupy the top of the marine food web, which makes them critical players in the ocean ecosystem. However, they are being fished and killed in large numbers. Sharks’ biological characteristics make them particularly vulnerable to overfishing: They grow slowly, become sexually mature relatively late in life, and produce few offspring. This vulnerability is reflected in the numerous shark species that are threatened or endangered.

Although they play a prominent role in our oceans, the more than 500 species of sharks are still poorly understood. Supporting research to better learn about and protect them is a priority for Pew’s conservation work.

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Patterns of a Predator

How shark behavior can guide conservation
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37 Researchers Working to Transform Biomedical Science

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Biomedical researchers are on the front lines of scientific innovation. From responding to global pandemics to pioneering lifesaving cancer treatments, these researchers push past scientific boundaries to solve pressing health challenges. For nearly 40 years, The Pew Charitable Trusts has supported more than 1,000 early-career biomedical scientists committed to this discovery.

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How does broadband internet reach our homes, phones, and tablets? What kind of infrastructure connects us all together? What are the major barriers to broadband access for American communities?

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What Is Antibiotic Resistance—and How Can We Fight It?

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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, also known as “superbugs,” are a major threat to modern medicine. But how does resistance work, and what can we do to slow the spread? Read personal stories, expert accounts, and more for the answers to those questions in our four-week email series: Slowing Superbugs.