Jasmin is currently researching the critically endangered species, small tooth sawfish, and how their movements may lead to increased exposure risk to commercial fisheries. She has a passion for marine conservation policy, which is what motivated her to pursue a graduate degree. Her work pertains mainly to the southeast region of the U.S. but she recognizes that this work must be done all over the world to be a true conservation effort. She also recognizes that there is a huge disconnect between the scientific community and public policy and hopes to help change that in the future so there is a more unified conservation effort from multiple communities.
During her undergraduate journey, Jasmin worked on several projects focused on human effects on ecosystems and their detrimental behaviors on the environment. One project that really stood out to her was performing an autopsy on a whale and finding plastic bags in its stomach. To that end, Jasmin’s future career goals include translating scientific research to marine conservation policy, and communication cutting-edge science to the general public.
When asked to give advice to anyone considering graduate school, Jasmin said “I think it is important to take time to do some self-reflection and figure out what it is you hope to get out of graduate school, if you need it to get where you are going. It is really important to have a goal that you are working towards on those tough days.”
Jasmin is a recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. She has conducted several successful sawfish surveys; presented at Sharks International; mentored an undergraduate student; worked with Saturday at the Sea, a program where 24 students and their teachers spend the day in FSU’s Marine Laboratory learning about marine life through hands-on experience. Jasmin has also served as an outreach coordinator for the graduate RSO, Ecology and Evolution Research Discussion Group.