Shark Migrations in the Mid-Atlantic

Modeling Shark Movements and Habitat Selection In The Atlantic Ocean

Many shark species in the Atlantic Ocean are experiencing drastic population declines. In order to better manage these populations, we need to understand where sharks migrate, and what oceanographic conditions constrain their movements. Working with researchers from the University of Rhode Island and Delaware State University, we are modeling tiger shark movements and habitat selection based on electronic satellite tag and satellite measured surface ocean data. We are also researching sand tiger shark presence and habitat selection in the Delaware Bay using acoustic telemetry. In addition, we are employing the use of pop-off satellite archival tags, and mobile transceivers in order to research the species assemblages encountered by sand tiger sharks while they are migrating along the Eastern Seaboard.

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Matthew Oliver

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Associate Professor, Patricia & Charles Robertson Professor of Marine Science & Policy Oceanography


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School of Marine Science & Policy

Advancing the understanding, stewardship, and conservation of estuarine, coastal, and ocean environments.

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Department of Geological Sciences

Discovering how geological processes have operated over various time scales to create and influence the planet’s surface environments.

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Department of Geography

Investigating the interactions between people and the environment and the processes that explain the location of human and natural phenomena.

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