Meghan Charters is a PhD student in Sociology at Michigan State University. Her primary research interests focus on risk perceptions associated with human-shark conflict, with a secondary interest in the need for better risk communication and education between academics, stakeholders, policy makers and the general public to further apex predator conservation and other initiatives. She has completed specializations in Environmental Science and Policy and Animal Studies. For four years, she was part of the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments (GLISA) Program, a collaboration between the University of Michigan and MSU with a focus on adaptation to climate change and variability, funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Over the past six years, she has been cultivating her interests by building relationships with the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, OCEARCH, the Chatham Shark Center, and NOAA. Her dissertation examines the history of fear-based human-shark interactions in Chatham, MA, through the more recent shift of science & conservation-based risk communication to the public, and the focus on community coexistence with sharks. She also investigates how to apply this shifting approach to larger coastal communities throughout the United States.