MDI Biological Laboratory
MDI Science Café

OCEARCH’s North Atlantic White Shark Study: Big Science, Big Outreach, Big Impact

  • October 25, 2021
  • 5:00 - 6:00 pm
  • Online

The topic of the MDI Science Café for Monday, October 25, 2021 will be “OCEARCH’s North Atlantic White Shark Study: Big Science, Big Outreach, Big Impact” presented by Robert Hueter, Ph.D., Chief Scientist of OCEARCH.

OCEARCH is a data-centric organization built to help scientists collect previously unattainable data in the ocean. Their mission is to accelerate the ocean’s return to balance and abundance, through fearless innovations in scientific research, education, outreach, and policy, using unique collaborations of individuals and organizations in the U.S. and abroad. Previous research in Nova Scotia, Canada identified a growing population of white sharks, known as a “hotspot.” In September of this year, Dr. Hueter and OCEARCH are leading a research effort in the same area,  bringing an advanced team of multidisciplinary shark researchers to study the sharks’ biology, physiology, health and more.

Dr. Robert Hueter is a professional marine scientist with more than four decades of experience specializing in the biology, fisheries, and conservation of sharks. Bob earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Miami and his doctoral degree from the University of Florida. He has published more than 200 scientific papers on sharks and has served on numerous panels and boards dealing with sharks and other migratory marine fishes. This includes his ongoing service on NOAA’s Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel, continuously since 1997, and he has testified three times before the U.S Congress in hearings on shark issues. Bob has played a leadership role since the early 1990s in both the state of Florida and on the national level to promote public understanding of sharks and the implementation of shark conservation measures. After a 33-year career at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Bob retired from Mote in December 2020, to continue as Chief Scientist for the nonprofit organization OCEARCH. His current research with OCEARCH is focused on revealing the complete life history, population status, and health of the white shark in the Northwest Atlantic.

The MDI Science Café series is held on the second Monday of the month through May, when the bimonthly summer series begins.

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