Sharks Mahmood Shivji, Ph.D. Professor Oceanographic CenterDirector, Nova Southeastern University's Guy Harvey Research Institute
Background: Shivji’s research, which has garnered international attention, integrates genetic and field research to provide information that improves conservation of threatened populations of sharks and billfish. The focus of his research is on developing and using molecular genetic approaches to investigate various aspects of the ecology, evolution, conservation and management of marine organisms, with an emphasis on elasmobranchs (sharks and rays) and coral reef biota. He also utilizes acoustic and satellite telemetry techniques to examine movement patterns of elasmobranchs. Shivji’s research has garnered international attention, and is consistently covered in major media outlets, including Time, Newsweek, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Economist, the BBC and National Public Radio. His research on the shark fin trade and its impacts on shark populations is currently being exhibited in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC. His research interests include molecular ecology, genetic biodiversity and connectivity, elasmobranchs, coral reefs, and conservation biology.