About Dr. Whitney

Dr. Nick Whitney began studying sharks in the late 90’s as and undergraduate at Albion College, Albion, MI, where he earned his Bachelors Degree in 2000. Nick did his graduate research at the University of Hawaii, where he focused on movements, reproductive behavior, and population genetics of the whitetip reef shark, Triaenodon obesus, while also working on a number of projects with various other shark species.

After completion of his Masters and PhD in 2009, Nick worked as a Postdoctoral Scientist, and then Staff Scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory, where he founded the Behavioral Ecology and Physiology Program.

Nick built this program around the use of accelerometers to study shark behavior, and brought in funding to support several staff and nearly 30 full-time interns over 7 years, many of which have gone on to graduate school in the sciences.

In recent years, Nick’s work has focused on quantifying fine-scale aspects of shark behavior, physiology and ecology using accelerometers and other emerging technologies. This work has also expanded to non-shark species including rays, bony fishes, sea turtles, pythons and sturgeon.

In 2016, Nick was appointed Senior Scientist in the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium, and in 2017 was named Chair of the Fisheries Science and Emerging Technologies Program. Nick lives with his family in Cincinnati, OH and is Senior Research Scientist in residence at Newport Aquarium, in Newport, KY.

Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life

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