The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center's A Day in the Life speaker series continues tonight, March 15, with SMAST fisheries scientist Crista Bank.

Beginning at 7 p.m., Bank will share her story and discuss the cooperative research she is currently conducting with the commercial fishing industry.

Bank received her bachelor’s degree in marine biology from UMass Dartmouth and spent the first part of her career teaching marine science at outdoor experiential education programs in New England, Southern California and the Florida Keys.

She transitioned to working on board traditional sailing vessels and traveled from the Indian Ocean, around the Cape of Good Hope, across the Atlantic, and eventually landed in New Bedford working on the Schooner Ernestina where she earned her 100 ton captain’s license.

She continued her science career first as a fisheries observer, and then as a fisheries biologist at the School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) working on collaborative research projects with commercial fishermen studying cod, monkfish, and halibut. She received her master’s degree in fisheries oceanography from SMAST in 2016 and continues to collaborate with commercial fishermen from New England to North Carolina.

Admission to A Day in the Life is free for Fishing Heritage Center members, and $5 for non-members. The Center is handicap accessible through the parking lot entrance. Free off-street parking available.