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Shark imageUnlocking the Mystery of Sharks--Presenter Biography

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Presenter: Dr. Samuel Gruber

Dr. Gruber hails originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., but headed south immediately he had the opportunity--studying first at Emory University and then earning his B.S. in Zoology from the University of Miami (FL). He followed up in quick succession with his M.S. and Ph.D. in Marine Science from the Institute of Marine and Atmospheric Science--again at the University of Miami. He has held several positions at U.M., completed a post-doctoral appointment at the Max-Planck Institut fur Verhaltenphysiologie Seewiesen in Germany where he was a behavioral researcher, and conducted field studies at marine stations at Eilat, Israel and Hurghada, Egypt. His current position is as Professor at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) at UM, but he also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Biology with the University of North Carolina (Wilmington) AND is Director of the Bimini Biological Field Station of RSMAS.

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 has presented over 125 meeting and invited lectures on a wide range of topics related to shark biology; has mentored some 30 graduate students at UM, works tirelessly to promote educational opportunities for teachers and minority high school students in our area, provides professional services as a grant reviewer and has taught advanced courses at UM in animal behavior, tropical marine biology, and the physiology and behavior of marine organisms.

His prolific research career has thus far resulted in publications on shark repellants (including natural repellants such as that secreted by the Moses sole); shark maintenance in the laboratory setting; the visual system of sharks; the olfactory system of sharks; sound perception in Elasmobranchs; productivity and nutrition in sharks; habitat selection of lemon sharks; telemetry studies; circulating hormones; commensal behaviors of stingrays and cleaner wrasses; and a number of anatomical studies of sharks!


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