Dr. Robert E. Hueter is a Senior Scientist and Director of the Center for Shark Research at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida, where he also occupies the Perry W. Gilbert Chair in Shark Research. The Mote CSR is a national research center established by the U.S. Congress in 1991, to conduct research and outreach on diverse aspects of shark biology ranging from biomedical applications for human health to shark ecology, fisheries and conservation. Dr. Hueter has been a marine biologist for more than 40 years, has published about 200 scientific articles and reports on sharks, and has edited six volumes on shark biology. His current research includes field and laboratory studies of shark abundance, behavior, ecology and fisheries in the northwest Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, including in Mexico and Cuba. He has studied hundreds of shark species including blacktip, bull, great hammerhead, whale, mako and white sharks. In 2004, Dr. Hueter was selected by Florida Trend magazine as one of Florida’s most influential people, in 2007 he was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Conservation by Sarasota County, Florida, and in 2008 he was awarded the Eugenie Clark Scientific Explorers Award.
Dr. Hueter earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Miami and his Ph.D. from the University of Florida. He is Past-President of the American Elasmobranch Society and currently serves on the AES Board of Directors. For the past 20 years Dr. Hueter has served on the Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel of the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service and has testified before the U.S. Congress on issues relating to shark fisheries management and conservation. He also serves as the Chief Science Advisor for OCEARCH, a nonprofit organization dedicated to innovative ocean research and education. In addition to his research activities, Dr. Hueter has led educational efforts to promote better public understanding of sharks as a marine resource, through numerous interviews in national publications and hundreds of television and radio appearances. He has been a leader in science-based conservation of sharks since 1988, and today is an internationally recognized proponent of sustainable shark fishing practices in commercial and recreational fisheries. Much of his current work involves marine science policy as a diplomatic bridge between nations for the betterment of shared environments and human populations.