Dr. Samuel H Gruber 'Doc'
Dr. Gruber is a recognized authority of shark behavior -both as to field studies and in regard to visually guided behavior, and physiology. He is a longtime member of numerous professional societies and founded the American Elasmobranch Society in 1983. He founded the World Conservation Union's (IUCN) Shark Specialist Group and was its Chairperson between 1991 and 1996.
If you'd like to read more in-depth on Doc's biography, please on the following link: http://www.biminisharklab.com/about/drgruber.
Dr. Tristan Guttridge
Lab Director and Senior Scientist
At Lab Since: January 2006 to November 2008, January 2012 as Research Associate. 2014 as Senior Scientist.
From: Stamford, United Kingdom
2012-2014 Research Associate. Cardiff University, UK
2011 Post doctoral research fellow. Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
2006-2009 Ph.D. Behavioural Ecology. Leeds University, UK
2001-2004 B.Sc. Zoology, Leeds University, UK
Functions and mechanisms of group formation in sharks.
The role of learning in shark behavior.
At Lab Since: November 2011
From: Circle Pines, MN, USA
Sept 2012 - present: Lab Manager
Mar 2012 - Jun 2012: Interim Assistant Lab Manager
Nov 2011- Mar 2012: Volunteer at BBFSF
Summer 2011: North Pacific Groundfish Observer for National Marine Fisheries Service - Dutch Harbor, Alaska
2006 - 2010: BSc in Fisheries, Wildlife, & Conservation Biology specializing in Fisheries. Minors in Biology and Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
Monthly Longline Survey
At Lab Since: January 2014
From: Defiance, OH
Educational/Work Background: BS from Coastal Carolina University with previous research experience in coral reef ecology, ethology and anthrozoology.
Research Interests: My research interests include animal behavior, human-animal interactions and human impacts on marine organisms and ecosystems.
Assistant Assistant Manager
At Lab Since: January, 2015
From: Corvallis, Oregon, USA
Education: B.S. in Biology, Minor in Chemistry - University of Oregon
Reasons for coming: I came to the Sharklab in order to advance my knowledge of the marine sciences and get an introduction into elasmobranch research methodology and field techniques.
At Lab Since: January, 2012
From: Lardy, France
Educational Background/Work Experience:
PhD Student, Humbolt University, Germany
Masters degree, General Biology, Aukland University, New Zeland
B.Sc., Organism and Ecosystem Biology, Orsay University, France
2008-2009: Research intern working on examination of adult neurogenesis in Draughtsboard shark (Cephaloscyllium isabellum)
2006: Research intern on effect of an oomycete on the phenotype of Arabidopsis thaliana.
2005: Research intern at INRA (France) working on optimal foraging behavior of Lysiphlebus testaceipes.
At The Lab:
2010-2011:Volunteered at the lab for 6 months
2012: Principal Investigator at the Lab: Personality in the juvenile lemon shark (Negaprion brevirostris)
Investigating different aspects of individual behavioral differences in the juvenile lemon shark. They are observed during behavioral experiments in semi-wild captive environments and in their natural habitats. Personality will be correlated with different ecological aspects of lemon shark biology such as growth rate, trait inheritance, and social interaction
Animal cognition and behavior
At Lab Since: February 23rd, 2014
From: San Francisco, CA (West Coast, Best Coast!)
2011, BS in Earth Systems (Energy, Science, and Technology) from Stanford University
2011, Camp Counselor, Discussion leader at Stanford Sierra Camp
2012, Research Assistant at PRETOMA (Turtle Conservation non-profit) in Caletas, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
2013, MS in Earth Systems (focus on Media and Invertebrate Embryology at Hopkins Marine Research Station) also from Stanford University
Research Interest: To be completely honest, I didn't have much experience with sharks prior to beginning my position as Media Manager at the Sharklab. I love looking at little marine critters up close, investigating the coral and rock crevices for any hidden life forms. Monitoring species' population densities and migrations has also always interested me.
Goals at lab: I aim to straddle intersections with scientists, educators, activists, and artists to bring more awareness to the shark and marine conservation cause, while increasing the diversity of its supporting base. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to collaborate on a media-related venture.
Bimini Pot Cake
Link and his sister Kaya were island potcakes that kept finding themselves at the lab. After speaking with their original owner in May 2012 we were able to adopt them!
Sasha is the newest addition to the Sharklab team. A Pitbull at heart, she has a lot of love and licks to give around. Sturdy and surprisingly speedy in the sand, Sasha is proving a well-suited play buddy to rough-house outdoors with her canine compatriots at the lab.
Lab Mother from Miami
I'm a former fashion designer married to "Doc". Doc says they tie boats to him, so I guess I'm a boat! I help run the Shark Lab by cooking for special events and classes or whenever I go to the Shark Lab. I help organize all the volunteers and keep the files back in the Miami office. I came to Florida back in the '60s from Los Angeles, California on a designing job and met the "Doc". The passion he has for sharks kind of rubbed off on me (not to swim with them or kiss them) but to help him with his work and studies. We raised our own "Mini-Shark Docs", 2 daughters. They both love Bimini and the Shark Lab. They were both instrumental in building and training the early staff. Although they return frequently, they are off on their own careers.
Executive Operations Associate
At Lab Since: December 2014
From: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Educational Background: 2011-2014 BS Marine Science and BA Economics from Coastal Carolina University
Research Interests: Ecological Economics, Shark Conservation, Ecotourism, Ecosystem Valuation techniques, and Network Theory analysis
Goals at the lab: Enhance operational logistics to improve delivery of equipment and supplies to the lab while reducing costs. When time allows, I also plan to provide data analysis to further our understanding of interspecies and intraspecies interactions in sharks populations.
At the Lab Since: September 2013
From: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Summer 2008 - Sharks and Their Relatives course at Shoals Marine Laboratory
Summer 2008 - Marine Ichthyology at Wallops Island Marine Science Consortium
Summer 2009 - REU at the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience
building a species inventory for the Matanzas River Basin
Spring 2010 - B.S. in Marine Biology from Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Fall 2010 - Volunteer at Aliwal Shoal and Mossel Bay, South Africa
through Oceans Research
2011-2013 - Observer for NMFS for the West Coast and North Pacific
Winter 2012 - Fisheries Science through the University of Alaska Fairbanks
Winter 2013 - Volunteer at Bimini Biological Field Station
Research Interests: Database Management & Biological Samples Organization
At Lab Since: Summer, 2013
From: Melbourne, Australia
Educational/Work Background: bSC Marine Zoology from Melbourne University
Research Interests: My primary interests lay in animal behaviour and human interactions, although I have a passion for almost any aspects of hands on field work
At Lab Since: January 2014
From: Baltimore, Maryland
2008-2013 Bachelors of Science in Marine Science from Coastal Carolina University
Research Interests: Spatial Ecology, Telemetry methods, Both Large-scale movements and fine-scale behaviors.
At Lab Since: January, 2012
From: Godalming, England
PhD Student, University of Hull, England
B.Sc., Marine and Freshwater Biology, University of Hull, England
At The Lab:
2010:First came to the lab in June to volunteer for 6 months
2010: Marquesas survey
2012: Principal Investigator at the Lab: measuring the metabolic rate of free-ranging marine predators. This goal is crucial to quantifying a species’ impact on the ecosystem and estimating the effect of their removal on lower trophic levels. Field metabolic rate values will be attained using recently developed accelerometer technology for the model species Negaprion brevirostris and Ginglymostoma cirratum.
Measuring metaboic rates of free ranging marine predators.
Bimini Pot Cake
Shadow was our neighbor's Pit Bull. Despite their reputation, Shadow is one of the nicest dogs around. It was a usual pattern for Shadow to break off his lead and pay us a visit, only to be taken back and tied up again. After a continual pattern of this we suddenly stopped taking him back. Shadow lived under our house for over a month until we officially decided to claim him for our own. Shadow now enjoys the life of luxury going from an outside dog to the newest member of our family. He gets plenty of attention from our staff and volunteers and he loves every minute of it!
A non-native islander, Kahli hails from Baltimore, MD, and came to Bimini with the arrival of Zach and Lorna. In these short months, Kahli has adapted a love for all things beach and takes notes from the local doggies on how to corner mojarra in mangrove tidepools. She could do with less mosquitoes, though, as her fresh blood makes her a primary target!