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: January 2015
From: Lille, France
PhD Student, Humboldt University, Germany
Master’s 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
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
Mandurah, Western Australia
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.
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.
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.
At Lab Since: March 2015
From: Brownsville, Texas
Educational Background: 2006-2010 B.Sc. in Wildlife an Fisheries Science From Texas A&M
Research Interest: Spatial ecology, Habitat and resource partitioning, Large and fine scale movement and tracking
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!
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.
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.
Maurits van Zinnicq Bergmann
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
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
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: August 2015
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.
At Lab Since: March 2015
From: Cornwall/Hampshire, England, UK.
Educational/Work Background: Ba (hons) Marine & Natural History Photography from Falmouth University
Freelance photographer & SSI Dive Con Specialist
Research Interests/At the lab: My strengths are in photography and media so that is my main role at the lab. Marine conservation by promoting wildlife through imagery is my passion, and that's what I hope to contribute to at the lab. I'm not a researcher but I enjoy helping out with all the field work, and have an interest in animal behaviour too. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org for any enquiries or questions!
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.