FKCC will close its 2016 VIP Series with “Jaws 2016: How We See Sharks 40 Years Later” on Tuesday, April 5 at 7 p.m. in the Tennessee Williams Theatre on the Key West Campus.

Dr. Patrick Rice, FKCC’s Chief Science and Research Officer and shark expert, will lead this presentation about the mysterious and often misunderstood creatures.  In 1975, the movie blockbuster Jaws tapped into primordial fears of sharks that resulted in a phobia and backlash against sharks that lasted for decades.  However, over the past 40 years the perception of sharks has changed and the once feared monsters are now being seen as majestic creatures that are critical to our oceans’ health.  This presentation will cover the evolution and history of sharks, with a special focus on shark sensory biology and how they perceive their watery world.

Rice supervises FKCC’s grant-funded, scientific research projects, including the successful completion of shark conservation research to reduce fisheries “bycatch,” which was funded by federal grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  In addition to his work at FKCC, Rice develops shark repellent technologies with the company Shark Defense Technologies, LLC.  His expertise on sharks has earned him numerous national television appearances, including segments on CBS, Discovery, MSNBC, PBS, Animal Planet, and ESPN-2.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at or by calling 305-295-7676. Admission is free for students at FKCC and Monroe County schools.


 About FKCC’s 2016 VIP Series:

In its third season, the College’s VIP Series builds on the success of its first two years, which drew hundreds to experience opportunities to learn from and be inspired by the visions, ideas, and perspectives of speakers of local, regional, and national prominence.

The 2016 season features presenters and performers spanning timely and relevant topics of popular culture, art, history, and science.  Four evening sessions will be held in the College’s Tennessee Williams Theatre on the Key West Campus.