Dean Grubbs

I am a fish ecologist and much of my research is geared towards providing answers needed for the sustainable management and conservation of coastal and deep-water sharks and rays. A Florida native, I grew up fishing and exploring the waters of the north-eastern Gulf of Mexico, which led to an early interest in marine biology in general, and a fascination for sharks and rays in particular. Studies at the University of Miami, a PhD through the College of William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and a post-doctoral stint at the University of Hawaii gave me the opportunity, and good fortune, to work under the guidance of some of the academic giants in this field. I have now been studying sharks and rays for more than 25 years and have tagged and released more than 10,000 sharks from over 40 species during that time.