Sharks and Rays Conservation Research Program

Dr. Robert Hueter

Dr. Robert Hueter

Associate Vice President for Research, Senior Scientist, Director of the Center for Shark Research, Perry W. Gilbert Chair in Shark Research

Dr. Robert E. Hueter is Associate Vice President for Research at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida and he is a Senior Scientist and Director of the Center for Shark Research at Mote. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1991 as a national research center, the Mote CSR conducts research on diverse aspects of shark biology ranging from biomedical applications to shark ecology, fisheries and conservation. Dr. Hueter has studied sharks for more than 40 years, has published more than 150 scientific articles and reports on sharks, and has edited four volumes on shark biology. His current research includes field and laboratory studies of shark abundance, behavior, ecology and fisheries primarily in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, including in Mexico and Cuba. In 2001, Dr. Hueter was awarded Mote s Perry W. Gilbert Chair in Shark Research. He is Past-President of the American Elasmobranch Society, is on the Graduate Faculty of Florida Atlantic University and holds a Courtesy Professor appointment at the University of South Florida. He also serves 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. 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 radio and television 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.  


Ph.D. in Zoology, University of Florida

M.S. in Marine Biology, University of Miami

B.S. in Biology, University of Miami

Awards & Honors

Eugenie Clark Scientific Explorers Award (2008)

Lifetime Achievement Award in Conservation, Sarasota County, Florida (2007)

One of Florida's Most Influential People, Florida Trend Magazine (2004)

Gruber Best Paper Award, American Elasmobranch Society (1988)