Dr. Bob Hueter

Title: Associate Vice President, Directorate of Marine Biology & Conservation; Senior Scientist; Program Manager — Shark Biology and Conservation

Phone: 941-388-4441
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Dr. Hueter joined Mote Marine Laboratory in 1988 as a Postdoctoral Scientist, was promoted to Staff Scientist and Manager of Mote's Shark Biology and Conservation Program in 1990 and was appointed Director of Mote's Center for Shark Research in 1992. In 1994, he was promoted to Mote Senior Scientist. As Director of the Center for Shark Research, a national research center developed in cooperation with the National Marine Fisheries Service and other institutions, Dr. Hueter supervises research, educational projects, and international exchanges on issues dealing with sharks, skates, and rays. As manager of the center's Shark Biology and Conservation Program, his current research focuses on the anatomy, physiology, behavior, ecology, and fisheries biology of sharks worldwide, especially in the Gulf of Mexico, Carribean Sea, and Gulf of California. Dr. Hueter also coordinates the National Shark Research Consortium, a coalition of four leading shark research programs in the U.S.

Education

Ph.D. Zoology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
 (Major Professor:Horst O. Schwassmann)
M.S. Marine Biology, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, Miami, Florida
 (Major Professor:Samuel H. Gruber)
B.S. Biology, Magna Cum Laude with General Honors, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida

Awards

Selected Extramural Grants as Project Leader (over $12M in total grants)

  • NOAA/NMFS, National Shark Research Consortium (2002-09), $10,293,561.
  • Georgia Aquarium & Anonymous Foundation, Whale Shark Research & Conservation (2004-09), $600,500.
  • Christopher Reynolds & Richardson Foundations, Status of Cuban Marine Resources, with R. Wells (2005-08), $130,720.
  • NSF/Field Stations and Marine Labs Program & Georgia Aquarium, Seawater System Experimental Facilities (2003-06), $491,660.
  • Florida Institute of Oceanography, Ship time (2003-07), $79,000.
  • NOAA/NMFS, Center for Shark Research at Mote Marine Laboratory (1992-2002), $1,264,500.
  • NOAA/NMFS, Southeast Cooperative Shark Research (2001-03), $200,000.
  • NOAA/NMFS, Blacktip Shark Stock Structure (2002-2005), $300,000.
  • NSF/Ocean Sciences Division, Telemetric and Genetic Analyses of Coastal Shark Behavioral Ecology, with M. Heupel of MML and E. Heist of the University of Southern Illinois (2000-03), $289,955.
  • Packard Foundation/Natl. Fish and Wildlife Foundation/Homeland Foundation/Munson Foundation, Status of Shark and Ray Fishery Resources in the Gulf of California, Mexico (1998-2002), $348,775.
  • Mote Scientific Foundation, Shark Research in Charlotte Harbor, Florida (2000-02), $280,000.
  • NSF, Shark Feeding Mechanisms, with P. Motta of Univ. So. Fla. (1992-94; 1998-2000), $248,864.
  • NOAA/NMFS/MARFIN, Blacktip Shark Abundance and Mortality (1994-97), $238,274.
  • NOAA/NMFS/S-K, 1993 Southwest Florida Gulf Coast Shark Census (1993-94), $51,460.
  • Publix Foundation, Shark Tagging Program (1991-2002), $64,000.
  • Florida DNR, Marine Resources Program, Shark Nursery Grounds (1991-93), $169,931.
  • NOAA/NMFS/MARFIN, Shark Nursery Grounds (1991-93), $62,509.
  • Florida DNR/FMRI, Methylmercury in Shark Tissues (1992), $5,906.
  • Florida DNR, Marine Resources Program, Shark Recreational Fishery Assessment (1990-91), $24,951.
  • EPA/Natl. Estuary Prog., Sarasota Bay Fish. Assess., with R. Edwards of MML (1989-91), $100,000.
  • Sport Fishing Institute, Population Genetics of Sharks (1989-90), $4,630.
  • NSF/Integrative Biology & Neuroscience, Symposium on Vision in Elasmobranchs (1989), $12,953.
Publications

Hueter, R.E., and C.A. Simpfendorfer. 2008. Trends in blue shark abundance in the western North Atlantic as determined by a fishery-independent survey. In Sharks of the Open Ocean, M Camhi and E.K. Pikitch, eds. Blackwell Scientific Publ., Fish and Aquatic Resources Series 13:236-241.

Motta, P.J., R.E. Hueter, T.C. Tricas, A.P. Summers, D.R. Huber, D. Lowry, K.R. Mara, M.P. Matott., L.B. Whitenack and A.P. Wintzer. 2008. Functional morphology of the feeding apparatus, feeding constraints, and suction performance in the nurse shark Ginglymostoma cirratum. Journal of Morphology 269:1041-1055.

Castro, A.L.F, B.S. Stewart, S.G. Wilson, R.E. Hueter, M.G. Meekan, P.J. Motta, B.W. Bowen and S.A. Karl. 2007. Population genetic structure of earth’s largest fish, the whale shark (Rhincodon typus). Molecular Ecology 16:5183-5192.

Heithaus, M.R., D. Burkholder, R.E. Hueter, L.I. Heithaus, H.L. Pratt, Jr. and J.C. Carrier. 2007. Spatial and temporal variation in shark communities of the lower Florida Keys and evidence for historical population declines. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 64:1302-1313.

Hueter, R.E., J.L. Castillo–Géniz, J.F. Márquez–Farias and J.P. Tyminski. 2007. The use of Laguna Yalahau, Quintana Roo, Mexico as a primary nursery for the blacktip shark. In Shark Nursery Grounds of the Gulf of Mexico and the East Coast of the United States (C. McCandless, N. Kohler and H.L. Pratt, eds.). American Fisheries Society Symposium 50:345-364.

Hueter, R.E. and J.P. Tyminski. 2007. Species-specific distribution and habitat characteristics of shark nurseries in Gulf of Mexico waters off peninsular Florida and Texas. In Shark Nursery Grounds of the Gulf of Mexico and the East Coast of the United States (C. McCandless, N. Kohler and H.L. Pratt, eds.). American Fisheries Society Symposium 50:193-223.

Bizzarro, J.J. W.D. Smith, R.E. Hueter, J.Tyminski, J.F. Marquez-Farias, J.L. Castillo-Geniz, G.M. Cailliet and C.J. Villavicencio-Garayzar. 2007. The status of shark and ray fishery resources in the Gulf of California: applied research to improve management and conservation. Report to the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, 237 pp.

Bizzarro, J.J., W.D. Smith, J.F. Marquez-Farıas and
R.E. Hueter. 2007. Artisanal fisheries and reproductive biology of the golden cownose ray, Rhinoptera steindachneri Evermann and Jenkins, 1891, in the northern Mexican Pacific. Fisheries Research 84:137-146.

Collins, A.B., M.R. Heupel, R.E. Hueter and P.J. Motta. 2007. Hard prey specialists or opportunistic generalists? An examination of the diet of the cownose ray, Rhinoptera bonasus. Marine and Freshwater Research 58:135-144.

Lowry, D., P.J. Motta and R.E. Hueter. 2007. The ontogeny of feeding behavior and cranial morphology in the leopard shark Triakis semifasciata (Girard 1854): a longitudinal perspective. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 341:153-167.

Sasko, D.E., M.N. Dean, P.J. Motta and R.E. Hueter. 2006. Prey capture behavior and kinematics of the Atlantic cownose ray, Rhinoptera bonasus. Zoology 109:171-1812006.

Hueter, R.E., C.A. Manire, J.P. Tyminski, J.M. Hoenig and D.A. Hepworth. 2006. Assessing mortality of released or discarded fish using a logistic model of relative survival derived from tagging data. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. 135: 500-508.

Hueter, R.E., J.L. Castillo–Géniz, J.F. Márquez–Farias and J.P. Tyminski. 2005. The use of Laguna Yalahau, Quintana Roo, Mexico as a primary nursery for the blacktip shark (Carcharhinus limbatus). In: Shark Nursery Grounds of the Gulf of Mexico and the East Coast of the United States (C. McCandless, N. Kohler and H.L. Pratt, eds.). Special Publication of the American Fisheries Society. In press.

Hueter, R.E. and J.P. Tyminski. 2005. Species-specific distribution and habitat characteristics of shark nurseries in Gulf of Mexico waters off peninsular Florida and Texas. In: Shark Nursery Grounds of the Gulf of Mexico and the East Coast of the United States (C. McCandless, N. Kohler and H.L. Pratt, eds.). Special Publication of the American Fisheries Society. In press.

Hueter, R.E., and C.A. Simpfendorfer. 2005. Trends in blue shark abundance in the western North Atlantic as determined by a fishery-independent survey. In Sharks of the Open Ocean, E. Pikitch and M. Camhi, eds. In press.

Matott, M.P., P.J. Motta and R.E. Hueter. 2005. Modulation in feeding kinematics and motor patterns of the nurse shark Ginglymostoma cirratum. Environmental Biology of Fishes 74:163-174.

Huber, D.R., T.G. Eason, R.E. Hueter and P.J. Motta. 2005. Analysis of the bite force and mechanical design of the feeding mechanism of the durophagous horn shark Heterodontus francisci. Journal of Experimental Biology 208:3553-3571.

Keeney, D.B., M.R. Heupel, R.E. Hueter and E.J. Heist. 2005. Microsatellite and mitochondrial DNA analyses of the genetic structure of blacktip shark (Carcharhinus limbatus) nurseries in the northwestern Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea. Molecular Ecol. 14:1911-1923.

Hueter, R.E., Heupel, M.R., E.J. Heist and D.B. Keeney. 2005. Evidence of philopatry in sharks and implications for the management of shark fisheries. Journal of Northwest Atlantic Fishery Science 35:239-247.

Smith, M., D. Warmolts, D. Thoney and R. Hueter (eds.). 2004. The Elasmobranch Husbandry Manual: Captive Care of Sharks, Rays and their Relatives. Special Publication of the Ohio Biological Survey, xv + 589 p.

Hueter, R.E., Heupel, M.R., E.J. Heist and D.B. Keeney. 2004. Evidence of philopatry in sharks and implications for the management of shark fisheries. e-Journal of Northwest Atlantic Fishery Science 35, art. 7 (http://journal.nafo.int/35/7-hueter.html).

Heupel, M.R., C.A. Simpfendorfer and R.E. Hueter. 2004. Estimation of shark home ranges using passive monitoring techniques. Environmental Biology of Fishes 71:135-142.

Hueter, R.E., D.A. Mann, K.P. Maruska, J.A. Sisneros and L.S. Demski. 2004. Sensory biology of elasmobranchs. In Biology of Sharks and their Relatives, J. Carrier, J. Musick and M. Heithaus, eds. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, p. 325-368.

Heupel, M.R., C.A. Simpfendorfer and R.E. Hueter. 2003. Running before the storm: blacktip sharks respond to falling barometric pressure associated with Tropical Storm Gabrielle. Journal of Fish Biology 63:1357-1363.

Keeney, D.B., M.R. Heupel, R.E. Hueter and E.J. Heist. 2003. Genetic heterogeneity among blacktip shark, Carcharhinus limbatus, continental nurseries along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. Marine Biology 143:1039-1046.

Heupel, M.R. and R.E. Hueter. 2002. Importance of prey density in relation to the movement patterns of juvenile blacktip sharks (Carcharhinus limbatus) within a coastal nursery area. Marine and Freshwater Research 53:543-550.

Hueter, R.E., M.R. Heupel, E.J. Heist and D.B. Keeney. 2002. The implications of philopatry in sharks for the management of shark fisheries. Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization Research Document SCR Doc. 02/122:1-9.

Motta, P.J., R.E. Hueter, T.C. Tricas and A.P. Summers. 2002. Kinematic analysis of suction feeding in the nurse shark, Ginglymostoma cirratum (Orectolobiformes, Ginglymostomatidae). Copeia 2002:24-38.

Simpfendorfer, C.A., M.R. Heupel and
R.E. Hueter. 2002. Estimation of short-term centers of activity from an array of omnidirectional hydrophones and its use in studying animal movements. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 59:23-32.

Simpfendorfer, C.A., R.E. Hueter, U. Bergman and S.M.H. Connett. 2002. Results of a fishery-independent survey for pelagic sharks in the western North Atlantic, 1977-1994. Fisheries Research 55:175-192.

Wilga, C.D., R.E. Hueter, P.C. Wainwright and P.J. Motta. 2001. Evolution of upper jaw protrusion mechanisms in elasmobranchs. American Zoologist 41:1248-1257.

Heupel, M.R. and R.E. Hueter. 2001. Use of an automated acoustic telemetry system to passively track juvenile blacktip shark movements. In Electronic Tagging and Tracking in Marine Fisheries (J.R. Sibert and J.L.Nielsen, eds.), pp. 217-236. Kluwer Acad. Publ., Netherlands.

Hueter, R.E.2001. Historical perspectives: Perry W. Gilbert. Copeia 2001(1):279-284.

Hueter, R.E., C.J. Murphy, M. Howland, J.G. Sivak, J.R. Paul-Murphy and H.C. Howland. 2001. Refractive state and accommodation in the eyes of free-swimming vs. restrained juvenile lemon sharks (Negaprion brevirostris). Vision Research 41:1885-1889.

Pretlow-Edmonds, M.A., P.J. Motta and R.E. Hueter. 2001. Food capture kinematics of the suction feeding horn shark, Heterodontus francisci. Environmental Biology of Fishes 62:415-427.

Manire, C., R. Hueter, E. Hull and R. Spieler. 2001. Serological changes associated with gill-net capture and restraint in three species of sharks. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 130:1038-1048.

Oliver, L.J., M. Salmon, J. Wyneken, R. Hueter and T.W. Cronin. 2000. Retinal anatomy of hatchling sea turtles: anatomical specializations and behavioral correlates. Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology 33:233-248.

Hueter, R.E. (ed.) 1998. Science and Management of Shark Fisheries. Fisheries Research 39:105-228.

Hueter, R.E.1998. Science and management of shark fisheries – Introduction. Fisheries Research 39:1

Hueter, R.E.1998. Philopatry, natal homing and localised stock depletion in sharks. Shark News 12:1-2.

Gelsleichter, J., E. Cortés, C.A. Manire, R.E. Hueter and J.A. Musick. 1998. Evaluation of toxicity of oxytetracycline on growth of captive nurse sharks, Ginglymostoma cirratum. Fishery Bulletin 96:624-627.

Hueter, R.E.1998. Great White Sharks: The Biology of Carcharodon carcharias (book review). Quarterly Review of Biology 73:82.

Motta, P.J., Tricas, T.C., Hueter, R.E. and A.P. Summers. 1997. Feeding mechanism and functional morphology of the jaws of the lemon shark Negaprion brevirostris (Chondrichthyes, Carcharhinidae). Journal of Experimental Biology 200:2765-2780.

Gelsleichter, J.G., E. Cortés, C.A. Manire, R.E. Hueter and J.A. Musick. 1997. Use of calcein as a fluorescent marker for elasmobranch vertebral cartilage. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 126:862-865.

Hueter, R.E.1996. Catch/tag-and-release: the conservation option for recreational shark fishermen. Shark News 7:7.

Cortés, E., C.A. Manire and
R.E. Hueter. 1996. Diet, feeding habits and diel feeding chronology of the bonnethead shark, Sphyrna tiburo, in southwest Florida. Bulletin of Marine Science 58:353-367.

Hueter, R.E.1996. Shark sense: scent, sight & sound. The Edge - Big Game Fishing Journal 9:46-57.

Manire, C.A., L.E.L. Rasmussen, D.L. Hess and
R.E. Hueter. 1995. Serum steroid hormones and the reproductive cycle of the female bonnethead shark, Sphyrna tiburo. General and Comparative Endocrinology 97:366-376.

Hueter, R.E., W.G. Fong, G. Henderson, M.F. French and C.A. Manire. 1995. Methylmercuryconcentration in shark muscle by species, size and distribution of sharks in Florida coastal waters. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution 80:893-899. [Also reprinted as Hueter et al. (1995) in Porcella, D.B., J.W. Huckabee and B. Wheatley (eds.). Mercury as a Global Pollutant. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, pp. 893-899.]

Motta, P.J., T.C. Tricas, R.E. Hueter and A.P. Summers. 1995. Feeding mechanics of the lemon shark: conservative motor and kinematic patterns. American Zoologist 35(5):103A.

Sherman, R.L., C.A. Nelson, R. Hueter and R.E. Spieler. 1995. Preliminary examination of gill surface area in two batoid elasmobranchs. American Zoologist 35(5):118A.

Manire, C.A. and R.E. Hueter. 1995. Human impact on the shark nursery grounds of Tampa Bay. Florida Scientist 58(2):107.

Hull, E., C. Manire, R. Hueter and R. Spieler. 1994. Changes in blood parameters in stressed sharks due to capture and restraint. American Zoologist 34(5):36A.

Hueter, R.E. The Great White Shark (book review). 1994. Copeia 1994:1057-1058.

Hueter, R.E.1994. The American Elasmobranch Society. Fisheries 19:40.

Manire, C.A. and
R.E. Hueter. 1993. Human impact on the shark nursery grounds of Tampa Bay. Florida Scientist 56(Suppl. 1):27.

Hueter, R.E. 1991. The rise and fall of recreational "kill" tournaments for sharks in Florida: historical trends, research potential, and the conservation movement. Journal of Australian Marine and Freshwater Research, Sharks Down Under Conference, Sydney, Australia.

Motta, P.J.,
R.E. Hueter and T.C. Tricas. 1991. An electromyographic analysis of the biting mechanism of the lemon shark, Negaprion brevirostris: functional and evolutionary implications. Journal of Morphology 210:55-69.

Hueter, R.E.1991. Adaptations for spatial vision in sharks. Journal of Experimental Zoology Suppl. 5:130-141.

Hueter, R.E. and P.W. Gilbert. 1991. The sensory world of sharks. Underwater Naturalist 19/20:48-55.

Gruber, S.H., ed. 1991. Discovering Sharks (J. Carrier, R. Hueter and S. Moss, scientific eds.). American Littoral Society Special Pub. 14:122 pp. American Littoral Society, Highlands, NJ.

Hueter, R.E. and J.L. Cohen, eds. 1990. Vision in Elasmobranchs: A Comparative and Ecological Perspective. Journal of Experimental Zoology Supp. 5:1-182.

Department: Directorate of Marine Biology & Conservation




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