The White Shark in New England
with Dr. Greg Skomal
Marine Biologist - World Renown Shark Expert
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Dr. Gregory Skomal is an accomplished marine biologist, underwater explorer, photographer, aquarist, and author. He has been a senior fisheries biologist with Massachusetts Marine Fisheries since 1987 and currently heads up the Massachusetts Shark Research Program (MSRP). He is also adjunct faculty at the University of Massachusetts School for Marine Science and Technology in New Bedford, MA, a guest investigator at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, MA, and an adjunct scientist with the Center for Shark Research in Sarasota, FL. He holds a masterís degree from the University of Rhode Island and a Ph.D. from Boston University. Through the MSRP, Greg has been actively involved in the study of life history, ecology, and physiology of sharks. His shark research has spanned multiple fish habitats around the globe taking him from the frigid waters of the Arctic Circle to coral reefs in the tropical Central Pacific. Much of his current research centers on the use of acoustic telemetry, satellite-based technology, and animal-borne imaging to assess the physiological impacts of capture stress on the post-release survivorship and behavior of sharks. He has written dozens of scientific research papers and has appeared in a number of film and television documentaries, including programs for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, ESPN, and numerous television networks. He has been an avid SCUBA diver and underwater photographer since 1978. Although his research passion for the last twenty-five years has centered on sharks, he has been an avid aquarist for over thirty years having written eleven books on aquarium keeping. His most recent book, The Shark Handbook, is a must buy for all shark enthusiasts. His home and laboratory are on the island of Marthaís Vineyard off the coast of Massachusetts.