High Noon Talk: Save the...Sharks?


March 6, 2024 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Discover new cutting-edge research on the importance of sharks in the ocean's ecosystem and their impact on the Gulf of Mexico.

Event Details

High Noon Talks are back and better than ever! Get ready to discover interesting and often untold stories of Texas at our classic, casual lunchtime talk series.

Years of misunderstanding of sharks' importance to the ocean's ecosystem has led to worldwide shark stock decline. Learn more by visiting the Sharks special exhibition and joining this talk.

Join Dr. Greg Stunz, Professor of Marine Biology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and the Senior Executive Director of The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, as he shares the history and current status of their declines, modern scientific research, and the future of sharks in the Gulf of Mexico.

Program is FREE to the public.

About the Presenter

Greg Stunz, Ph.D. is a marine biologist that specializes in fisheries ecology and sport-fisheries. He is the Senior Executive Director at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, where he is also a Professor of Marine Biology. He is also the Director of the Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation. He received both his M.S. and Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. A major goal of Dr. Stunz’s research program is to provide scientific data for sustainable management of our marine fisheries and ocean resources to ensure healthy environments.

Dr. Stunz's research program is diverse but currently focuses on migration patterns of marine life using a variety of state-of-the-art electronic tracking devices, diving and ROV studies of artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico, and understanding the vital role that estuaries and near-shore waters play in sustaining marine populations. Specifically, his research includes understanding how artificial reefs enhance fisheries, the roles of apex predators (i.e., sharks) in Gulf ecosystems and tracking their movement patterns, dolphin-fish migration patterns and life history studies, red snapper ecology and management, several projects dealing with many estuarine fishes such as spotted seatrout and red drum and their sustainable management, and many others. Dr. Stunz is also engaged with numerous boards, panels, and scientific advisory committees from the local to international levels. In addition to numerous scientific publications, his research program is frequently covered by television, radio, print news, and other media outlets.

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Sharks is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York. The Museum gratefully acknowledges Warner Bros. Discovery for its generous support of Sharks. A selection of footage in Sharks has been provided by Discovery's Shark Week

The Bullock Museum, a division of the Texas State Preservation Board, is funded by Museum members, donors, and patrons, the Texas State History Museum Foundation, and the State of Texas.