Wednesday, March 18, 2015

5 Questions With Shark Stanley: Doc Gruber

"Doc" Gruber and his Caribbean reef sharks in Bimini, The Bahamas
As Shark Stanley makes his way around the world, he gains the support of scientists, conservationists, athletes, celebrities, entrepreneurs, and politicians.  We are honoring the best minds in shark conservation as Shark Ambassadors and will highlight them in a series of upcoming blogs.  We'll ask each Ambassador five questions to learn about their work, their opinion on how we will save sharks, and advice to young people who want to follow in their footsteps.

Our first Shark Ambassador is Dr. Samuel "Doc" Gruber, founder of the world famous Sharklab in Bimini, The Bahamas.

Why are sharks important to you? 
I have studied sharks since 1961. They were and still are an object of fascination, but in fact little was and is known about them. So I dedicated my career to their study.

How are we going to save the world’s sharks? 
This is a political and philosophical question. As scientists we need to be neutral in this regard and supply real facts as we know them about the plight of sharks. Then we turn this over to the various conservation organizations.

How are you working to protect sharks? 
I gather basic data on shark biology relevant to shark conservation.

Lots of people look up to you, who are your conservation heroes? 
Carl Safina, Sylvia Earle, George Rabb, and Nick Dulvy.

What advice would you give to young scientists?
Don’t get bogged down in administration. If at first you don’t succeed (with grants), try try again.  Also, publish, publish, and publish in good high impact journals.
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