About Paul

pauljclerkin
Moss Landing, Calif.

Bio: Paul J. Clerkin is a graduate researcher at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in Moss Landing, California. His primary work is with David A. Ebert at the Pacific Shark Research Center studying sharks that he found in the Southern Indian Ocean in 2012 and 2014. Clerkin specializes in rare and deep-sea chondrichthyans and is focusing on their description and life histories. He has recently participated as an instructor in a FAO workshop teaching a group of international scientists how to identify and collect data from deep-sea sharks.

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27 thoughts on “About Paul

  1. Hi! I was watching Alien Sharks tonight, which was really cool. My dream is to do conservation research on sharks and would be really interested to know how you got to do what you do. It looks like the coolest job, especially for a grad student. I have no idea how else to get in touch? Shoot me an email if it’s not too much trouble! Thank you

    • Hey Paul,

      First I want to say I admire all that you do in regards of trying to save our marine life. I’d like to ask you for any advice that you can offer in regards to trying to get into research in marine life. I’ve recently graduated with a Bachelor’s in Biology, but having a hard time getting my foot through the door. I know your schedule must be extremely busy, but if you have any time I will greatly appreciate any help you can offer.

      My email is Jhane.Figueroa@gmail.com

      Thank you for your time,
      Jhane Figueroa

      • Hello Jhane,

        The best way to get your foot in the door is to volunteer. I volunteered a lot during my undergrad. It can be hard to get into sharks, but people often need free labor.

        I hope this helps.
        Best,
        Paul

    • I’ve been watching the Ultimate Guide to Alien Sharks and I have been fascinated by these sharks, but my mind keeps wandering because Paul is so sexy! He ought to be on the cover of People magazine!!

  2. Hi! I was watching Alien Sharks tonight, which was really cool. My dream is to do conservation research on sharks and would be really interested to know how you got to do what you do. It looks like the coolest job, especially for a grad student. I have no idea how else to get in touch? Shoot me an email if it’s not too much trouble! Thank you
    Carolyn.coyle@students.garrettcollege.edu

  3. My name is Charles Miller and I am a student at the University of Minnesota studying ecology and marine biology. I want to help you with your research. I have the resources to support a long term research project financially and in return I would learn from your experience. We would be a great team. I have a lot of field work experience. This is an opportunity you don’t want to pass up. If you are at least interested please let me know.

    • Hello Charles,

      Sorry for the lag in my response. Life has been hectic and I did not see your comment. I am glad you are interested in sharks. They are wonderful and fascinating creatures. What year are you in at Uni. Minnesota? Please tell me about your research experience.

      Best,
      Paul

  4. Hi my name is Paul. I want to find weird sharks like you cause I saw you on shark week and saw all the cool sharks you found. I hope I get to find as many new kinds of sharks as you. I thought it was funny because for a long time I wanted to work with sea life and then discovered that someone named Paul was already doing that. I’m am going to fourth grade. In third grade I wrote a report on sharks and wrote lots of cool facts. Hope you find another new shark.

    sincerely,
    Paul Schmidt

    • Hi Paul,
      It is nice to talk to another shark person. Thanks for watching my shows. I am very glad that you enjoyed them. It’s good that you are interested in sharks and I am sure there will be plenty for you to discovery.
      Thanks for your support,
      Paul

  5. Dear Mr.Paul Clerckin my name is will I am in third grade and I LOVE sharks! To be honest you are my favorite shark researcher. I have watched your shark week video about a billion times someday please please please go on another tour of duty! Someday I want to become an ocean biologist. From will๐ŸŒŠ

    • Hi Will,

      Thank you so much for your compliment! I a honored to me your favorite shark researcher. I love going out on the ocean, exploring, and finding cool sharks. I am working on setting up a couple more trip and hopefully I will have so new discoveries to share with you soon. Biology is a lot of fun, so if it is something you are interested in you should definitely pursue it. It was nice to talk to you, Will.

      Your friend,
      Paul

  6. Dear Paul,

    Firstly I’d like to thank you for your amazing contribution to marine conservation and secondly I’d like to ask for your advice on how to get to where you are now. I’m currently studying conservation and university and would love to accompany you on one of your research trips. It would be awesome if you could get in touch to talk sharks!

    Thanks

    Amber
    amberrosebeck@yahoo.com

  7. Hi Paul. I’m a 54 year old woman who admires your work. I also want you to know how cool it is that you take the time to reply to the emails you receive, especially to the young kids. You’re a special young man. If I could have a second life it would be to come back as one of the great Whales of the ocean. It’s great that you love these creatures so much. Take care and may God bless you and keep you all safe.

    • Hello Pamela,

      Thank you very much for the kind words. It is always a pleasure to communicate with others who value nature and our ocean. I love my job, and I am glad to have the opportunity to share it with people like you.

      Thank you for reaching out.
      Best,
      Paul

  8. Hey Paul could you send me an email I need some advice on how to get into this field sharks are my favorite animal and they need to be saved now before its to late. I’m only in high school so I want to take the right classes now while I still can. I love sharks along with these other great people on this blog and I’dlove to make this a serious career.

    Shawn,
    shawnmrusso@gmail.com

  9. Hi Paul,

    I just recently graduated with a biology of science degree and would love to talk and see about helping in you research in Chondrichthyes. The ocean and conservation has always been my passion since I was young. Also I admire your dedication to your job, I hope one day help contribute to marine conservation like you are. Shoot me and email if you ever would like help. Thanks and congrats on all the accomplishments!

    • Hello Amelia,

      Thanks for the offer! I am in between trips right now and currently do not need any assistance. Thank you for the offer.

      Marine Biology is a lot of fun. Good luck with your career ๐Ÿ™‚

      Keep in touch.
      Best,
      Paul

  10. Hi. My name is Belle. I am in third grade and I go to Springfield elementary school. I am doing a project on Alien Sharks and I need to learn more about them. Can you give me more information? I would appreciate any help you could give me. If so, please contact my teacher at Caricos@fortmillschools.org or leave us a comment here! Thank you!

  11. Hey Paul,

    First I want to say I admire all that you do in regards of trying to save our marine life. I’d like to ask you for any advice that you can offer in regards to trying to get into research in marine life. I’ve recently graduated with a Bachelor’s in Biology, but having a hard time getting my foot through the door. I know your schedule must be extremely busy, but if you have any time I will greatly appreciate any help you can offer.

    My email is Jhane.Figueroa@gmail.com

    Thank you for your time,
    Jhane Figueroa

  12. I’m just trying to figure out how old you are on shark week cause my roommates and I can’t decide and we can’t guess. Totally not a research question but I think the people (we) need to know.

  13. Hey Paul,

    Just wanted to say it is nice to see someone young making new scientific discoveries. Although our respective fields are quite different (I am studying Sport Psychology) I would like to work on a project someday if life allows it. Keep up the good work and hope to see you in Shark Week this year!

    Best regards,
    Henry Flores

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