The Shark Biology Program conducts research on all aspects of shark biology, including population dynamics, movement patterns, feeding mechanisms, sensory biology and fisheries science.
Current projects include:
- Abundance surveys of sharks in nearshore and off-shore waters of Florida’s Gulf coast.
- Studies on the use of Florida estuaries and nearshore areas as nursery grounds for juvenile sharks.
- Assessments on the impacts of local fisheries on shark and ray populations in Mexico’s Gulf of California.
- Laboratory investigations on the feeding mechanisms of sharks, in collaboration with the University of South Florida.
- Studies of whale shark movement patterns in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea.
Mote Marine Laboratory has been a leader in marine research since it was founded in 1955. Today, we incorporate public outreach as a key part of our mission. Mote is an independent nonprofit organization and has seven centers for marine research, the public Mote Aquarium and an Education Division specializing in public programs for all ages.