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Michael Heithaus, Marine Biology Professor


I’m a marine biologist who loves exploring the world’s oceans. From the Florida Keys to Shark Bay, Australia, I’m investigating potential impacts to our ecosystems as the population numbers of the oceans’ predators continue to drop.

My goal is to not only find solutions to help these populations, but also educate the general public about the role these animals play. My lab develops educational materials for K-12 audiences and engages in outreach programs at the local, national and international levels.

I grew up in Ohio, studying at Oberlin College before earning my Ph.D. at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada.

I’ve conducted research at the Center for Shark Research at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Fla., and served as a research fellow for National Geographic studying remote imaging with the National Geographic Channel’s “crittercams.”

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