Dr. Gardiner joined Mote Marine Laboratory in 2012 as a Mote Postdoctoral Fellow in the Sensory Biology and Behavior Program, but has been working with the Center for Shark Research since 2006. Her dissertation work, conducted in residence at Mote, focused on multisensory integration (olfactory, visual, lateral line, and electrosensory systems) in shark feeding behavior. Dr. Gardiner's current research examines the sensory and cognitive processes of sharks and bony fish. She employs laboratory and field-based techniques to study navigation and homing behavior in sharks, feeding performance in aquacultured fishes, and the effects of pollution on fish sensory systems.
B.Sc. in Microbiology and Immunology, McGill University M.A. in Biology, Boston University Ph.D. in Biology, University of South Florida
Gardiner, J.M., Atema, J., Hueter, R.E., and Motta, P.J. 2014. Multisensory integration and behavioral plasticity in sharks from different ecological niches. PLOS One 9(4): e93036 Gardiner, J.M. and Atema, J. 2014. Flow Sensing in Sharks: Lateral Line Contributions to Navigation and Prey Capture. In: Bleckmann, H., Mogdans, J., and Coombs, S. (eds.) Flow Sensing in Air and Water Behavioral, Neural, and Engineering Principles of Operation, Springer-Verlag, p. 127-146. Gardiner, J.M., Hueter, R.E., Maruska, K.P., Sisneros, J.A., Casper, B.M., Mann, D.A., and Desmski, L.S. 2012. Sensory Physiology and Behavior of Elasmobranchs. In: Carrier, J.C., Musick, J.A., and Heithaus, M.R. (eds) Biology of Sharks and Their Relatives, Vol. 1, 2nd edition. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, pp. 349-401. Gardiner, J.M. and Motta, P.J. 2012. Largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) switch feeding modalities in response to sensory deprivation. Zoology 115:78-83. Motta, P.J., Maslanka, M., Hueter, R.E., Davis, R.L., De la Parra, R., Mulvany, S.L., Habegger, M.L., Strother, J.A., Mara, K.R., Gardiner, J.M., Tyminski, J.P., and Ziegler, L.D. 2010. Feeding anatomy, filter-feeding rate, and diet of whale sharks Rhincodon typus during surface ram feeding off the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Zoology 113(4):199-212. Gardiner, J.M. and Atema, J. 2010. The function of bilateral odor arrival time differences in olfactory orientation of sharks. Current Biology 20: 1187-1191. Gardiner, J.M. and Atema, J. 2007. Sharks need the lateral line to locate odor sources: rheotaxis and eddy chemotaxis. Journal of Experimental Biology 210: 1925-1934.