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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.

If you'd like to read more in-depth on Doc's biography, please on the following link: http://www.biminisharklab.com/about/drgruber.

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Dr. Tristan Guttridge

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
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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Felicie Dhellemmes

Felicie Dhellemmes

Principal Investigator

At Lab Since: January 2015

From: Lille, France

Educational/Work Background:

PhD Student, Humboldt University, Germany

Masters degree in General Biology, Animal Behaviour and Marine Sciences, (Institut Supérieur d Agriculture de Lille, France & Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Mexico)

2011: Study of the Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus) population based in the Los Angeles Bay (Baja California, Mexico)

2012: Study of the crossed contamination with Vibrio harveyi in an abalone (Haliotis tuberculata) farm (SCEA France Haliotis, France)

2013: Exploring personality and a simple learning process in the juvenile lemon shark, Negaprion brevirostris (Bimini Biological Field Station, Bahamas). Investigating the effect of habituation on the expression of the exploration personality trait in a semi-captive environment.

2015: Principle investigator at the Lab, Ecological consequences of behaviour types in sharks. This study investigates juvenile lemon sharks behaviour types (personality types) in semi-captivity and in the wild. The goal is to better understand the role of personality in sharks ecology and life history traits and therefore correlate captive behaviours with natural behaviours.

Research Interests: Animal behaviour, animal cognition, personality, social networks

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Liz Goetzl

Liz Goetzl

Executive Assistant

At Lab Since: June 2016

From: Lyndhurst, New Jersey (USA)

Educational Background: I earned my BS in Health Sciences and Biology from James Madison University in 2013. Currently, I am working towards my MPS degree from The University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science in Marine Mammal Science.

Research Interests: While my background has been mainly in marine mammal studies and sea turtle experience, I have an interest in all marine species and am excited to further my elasmobranch knowledge through my work with the lab. Ultimately, I hope to work in the field of veterinary medicine and clinical pathology of marine mammals and other aquatic species.

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James Whicheloe

James Whicheloe

Assistant Lab Manager

At lab since: June 2016

From: Kings Hill, England

Background: Marine Geography BSc with a placement year including 6 months here at the shark lab as well as 3 months collecting data for my dissertation on the island of Lipsi in Greece looking at the effect of (wind/wave) exposure on biodiversity.

Research Interest: My main interest is elasmobranch science as a whole, but specifically dietary analysis as well as the use of drones as a research tool.

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Chesapeake Revell

Chesapeake Revell

Assistant Manager

At Lab Since: February, 2016

From: Fremantle, Western Australia

Education: BSc in Marine Science & Conservation and Wildlife Biology from Murdoch University

2015 Volunteer at Kimberley Marine Research Station in the Kimberley, Western Australia

2014 - 2015 Tour Guide at Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm in the Kimberley, Western Australia

2013 Volunteer at Oceans Research in Mossel Bay, South Africa

Research Interests: Elasmobranch conservation, animal behaviour & database management.

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Patrick "Paddy" Burke

Outreach Co-ordinator

At Lab Since: July 2016

From: Lexington, Kentucky (USA)

Educational Background: Bsc in Marine Biology from the college of Charleston (USA). Msc in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from University of Ghent (Belgium).

Research Interest: Ecology, Baited Remote Underwater Surveys (BRUVS), Spatial Ecology.

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Fanta

Fanta

Fanta is our most recently adopted potcake. After spending most of her life in the dog shelter in Freeport, we adopted her as a lab dog. She is a bit of a softie, but a beautiful dog who enjoys sleeping a lot, and going on boat or paddleboard adventures!

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Marie Gruber

Marie Gruber

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.

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Matthew Smukall

Matthew Smukall

Principal Investigator

At Lab Since: July 2015

From - Orlando, Florida / Kenai, Alaska

Education/Work Experience - PhD student, University of Alaska Fairbanks, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences

BSc University of Florida, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
Masters University of Florida, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

2009 - Florida Keys, caribbean spiny lobster research project, University of Florida
2009 to 2015 - Fisheries Technician/ Biologist, Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association, Kenai Alaska. Studying salmon populations in Southcentral Alaska, movement patterns of invasive northern pike, and the impact of pike on native salmonids.

First came to the lab in January 2012 and volunteered over 3 winters during leave from work

Research Interests - Movement patterns of sharks. In particular the residency time, dispersal patterns, and philopatry of tiger sharks around Bimini. I am also interested in the use of longlines to assess shark populations and how sharks are interacting with the longlines.

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Maurits van Zinnicq Bergmann

Maurits van Zinnicq Bergmann

Principal Investigator

At lab since: June 2015
From: Vught, the Netherlands

Educational background/Work experience:
2015 - Principal Investigator, Bimini Biological Field Station Foundation; title: Movement networks and habitat preferences of a multi-species elasmobranch assemblage in Bimini, Bahamas. Florida International University, USA.
2011-2013 Master of Science in Marine Biology, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
Masters Research Projects:

University of Groningen, in cooperation with the Bimini Biological Field Station foundation; title: Testing the acoustic detection range of submersible ultrasonic receivers in relation to environmental factors at two shallow-water environments in Bimini, Bahamas
University of Groningen; Elucidating the relationship between the spatio-temporal distribution of close relatives and dispersal rate
University of Groningen; Is a sexy life also a shorter life? Manipulation of reproductive effort using nest manipulation and female stimulation in the three-spined stickleback, Gasterosteus aculeatus


Research interests: movement and behavioural ecology of free-roaming organisms, movement and co-occurence networks, drivers of movement

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Ben Leeson

Ben Leeson

Lab Manager

At Lab Since: February 2016

Hometown:
Mandurah, Western Australia

Background:
BSc with a double major in Marine Science and Conservation Wildlife Biology completed 2012
2014 Marine Fauna Observer and Environmental Advisor at BamClough on the Wheatstone Project, Western Australia.
2015 Skipper and Marine Tour Guide at Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm in the Kimberley, Western Australia.

Research Interests:
My interest is primarily in the use of Bimini as a nursery area for sharks along with the spatial distribution of elasmobranchs around the island. However I really enjoy all aspects of field work and the maintenance of the lab.

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Emily White

Emily White

Manager

At Lab Since: September 2014

From: Prince Edward Island, Canada

Education: B.Sc student in Marine Biology from Dalhousie University

Lab and field tech for the Aquatic Invasive Species sector of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Field tech for Southeast Environmental Association

Research Interests: Spatial ecology, telemetry, animal behaviour, database management and elasmobranch conservation.

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Eugene Kitsios

Eugene Kitsios

Media Manager

At Lab Since: July, 2016

From: Groningen, the Netherlands

Educational/Work Background: Ba Ecology & Marine Biology from the University of Groningen (Netherlands) and Msc Fisheries Biology & Management from the University of Bergen (Norway)

Research Interests/At the lab: I have an educational background in marine biology and a passion for photography, so as a Media Manager I am able to combine my two main interests! I love photographing wild animals in their natural habitat. As a scientist I understand the conservation work that the lab is doing and I can help transfer this information to the general public through my imagery.
If you have any questions, you can reach me at media@biminisharklab.com!

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Sasha

Sasha

Sasha has been with us since late 2014. 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.

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Little Roger

Little Roger

Little Roger is our latest four legged team member! Unfortunately he was abandoned on the island by his previous owners and he was left to survive on his own. Our team found him infested with ticks and he suffered from severe weight loss. Luckily he has a permanent home now and he has been recovering very well! He has a great spirit and many joyful years to come.

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