Staff

Dr. Samuel H Gruber 'Doc'

Dr. Samuel H Gruber 'Doc'

Founder

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.

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Dr. Tristan Guttridge

Dr. Tristan Guttridge

Senior Scientist

At Lab Since: January 2006 to November 2008, January 2012 as Research Associate. 2014 as Senior Scientist.
From: Stamford, United Kingdom
Educational/Work Background:
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

Research Interests:
Functions and mechanisms of group formation in sharks.
The role of learning in shark behavior.

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Jill Brooks

Jill Brooks

Lab Manager

At Lab Since: September 2009
From: Lancashire, UK
Educational/Work Background:
2006 - B.Sc. Marine Biology with Zoology, UW Bangor
2007, 2008 - Volunteer, Bimini Biological Field Station
2009 & 2010 - Staff -, Jupiter Aggregation Project (Bimini Biological Field Station)
2009 & 2010 - Staff - Marquesas Keys Lemon Census Project (Bimini Biological Field Station)
2012- present: Lab Manager
Research Interests:
Monthly Longline Survey
Database Management

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Rachael Cashman

Rachael Cashman

Assistant Manager

At the Lab Since: September 2013
From: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Education/Work Background:
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
Groundfish Fisheries
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

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Jean-Sebastien Finger

Jean-Sebastien Finger

Principal Investigator

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
Research Interests:
Animal cognition and behavior
Neuroethology
Animal personality
Animal sociality

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Rob Bullock

Rob Bullock

Principal Investigator

At Lab Since: February, 2012
From: Hull, England
Educational Background:
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
2012: Principal Investigator at the Lab: Elucidate the spatial and temporal activity patterns of free-ranging lemon sharks (Negaprion brevirostris) with specific focus on quantifying feeding strategy and periodicity.
Recently developed tri-axial acccelerometers will determine specific behaviors and activites over prolonged periods, and provide details on the daily activity of free ranging elasmobranchs
Research Interests:
Accelerometer technology
Feeding stragegy and periodicity

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Link

Link

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!

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Marie Gruber

Marie Gruber

Lab "Mother"

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.

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Gabriel Bernal

Gabriel Bernal

Executive Operations Associate

At Lab Since: December 2012
From: Miami, Florida
Educational/Work Background:
2007-2011: B.A. Finance & Management with Spanish Minor, Florida State University
2010: Contracted (DirecTV) Business Intelligence Consultant, Raiseline Ventures, LLC
2011 - 2012: Financial Services Representative (Series 7 & 63), Fidelity Investments
2012 - Present: Vice President, Seasons Farm Fresh
Research Interests:
Budget Planning/Financial Operations
Marine Conservation
Fundraising Initiatives

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TJ Ostendorf

TJ Ostendorf

Lab Manager

At Lab Since: November 2011
From: Circle Pines, MN, USA
Educational/Work Background:
Sept 2012 - present: Assistant 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 speializing in Fisheries. Minors in Biology and Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
Research Interests:
Monthly Longline Survey
Deepline survey

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David Flanagan

David Flanagan

Assistant Manager

At Lab Since: March 2013
From: Fort Mill, South Carolina

Educational/Work Background:
May 2012-B.Sc. Pre-professional Biology with minors in Chemistry and Environmental Studies
March 2013-Volunteer-Bimini Biological Field Station-3 Months
June 2013-Assistant Lab Manager-Bimini Biological Field Station

Research Interests:
Monthly Longline Survey
Deepline Survey
Marine Conservation

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Lauran Brewster

Lauran Brewster

Principal Investigator

At Lab Since: January, 2012
From: Godalming, England
Educational Background:
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.
Research Interests:
Measuring metaboic rates of free ranging marine predators.
Accelerometer technology

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Shadow

Shadow

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!

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