Dr. Dean Grubbs, a world-renowned shark scientist, grew up thinking he could follow any number of career paths—as long as they didn’t demand regular haircuts. But he kept coming back to the fascination he felt catching a small shark when he was only 7 years old.
Grubbs Laboratory in the News
Research into the smalltooth sawfish in Florida and The Bahamas is gradually revealing important information about this mysterious species. Perhaps the biggest question of all is whether marine national parks can provide sanctuaries in which its population can recover.
Save Our Seas recently wrote a profile on Dr. Dean Grubbs and his research in on sawfish populations in Andros Island, Bahamas. Read more to learn about Dr. Grubbs' decades long research on sawfish and other elasmobranch species.
For the first time in 17 years of Florida-based research, scientists have discovered a mating ground for the Endangered smalltooth sawfish. During an expedition early April to the shallow-water back-country of Everglades National Park, a research team captured, tagged, and released three adult sawfish (one male and two females) in an area previously known almost exclusively as juvenile sawfish habitat. All three had distinctive lacerations, apparently sustained during mating, that match the pattern of teeth on the animals’ saw-like snouts.
Since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Dr. Dean Grubbs and his team have planned numerous research cruises to produce the largest survey of deepwater sharks in the Gulf of Mexico.