Our understanding of the shark and ray fauna in Andros is limited, particularly information on those that reside in the pelagic ecozone of the Tongue of the Ocean. Further Andros is vast, with unexplored creeks and back-country that likely provide key nursery areas for many species. Delineating and describing these habitats and learning more about the biology and behavior of the animals that use them will contribute important data to conservation efforts, especially for species whos populations have experienced substantial declines, such as the smalltooth sawfish, oceanic white-tip, scalloped and great hammerhead sharks.
Our lead scientist, Dr. Tristan Guttridge has 12-years of experience conducting scientific research with sharks in the Bahamas, working as the director of the world famous Bimini Sharklab for 6 years. His is well versed in a variety of techniques, from biotelemetry (acoustic and satellite tracking), to catch and release (via longlines and polyball fishing), semi-captive behavioral experiments, SCUBA diving with photo ID and laserphotogrammetry and both baited and non-baited remote underwater video surveillance (RUVs and BRUVs). More recently, he has pioneered a research project investigating the biology and behavior of the elusive and endangered great hammerhead shark.
The opportunity to visit Andros and learn more about its secrets is a biologists dream, vast swatches of unchartered habitat, abundant seemingly healthy populations of sharks and rays, there's no limit to the possibilities! Our early expeditions will be an important learning ground for Tristan to get to know the study system, its inhabitants and develop key questions that will lead to an improved understanding of the biology, ecology and behavior of elasmobranch fishes.
For more information about Tristan's research efforts, outputs and experience please visit, www.drguttridge.com
SOME RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS:
Reviews/ BOOK Chapters
Gallagher AJ, Vianna GMS, Papastamatiou YP, Macdonald C, Guttridge TL, Hammerschlag N. 2015. Shark diving tourism: biological impacts, conservation benefit, and future research. Biological Conservation. 184: 365-379.
Finger JS, Dhellemmes F, Guttridge TL. 2017. Personality in elasmobranch fishes with a special focus on sharks: early evidence, challenges and future directions. Springer Volume. Personality in Non-Humans. Springer Nature. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-59300-5_7
Mourier J, Ledee E, Guttridge TL, Jacoby DMP. 2018. Network analysis and theory in shark ecology: methods and applications. Emerging Technologies and Application for the Study of Shark Biology. Eds: Jeff Carrier, Michael Heithaus, Colin Simpfendorfer. CRC Press. August 2018.
Hammerhead, Sphyrna mokarran
Guttridge TL, Van Zinnicq-Bergmann M, Bolte C, Howey-Jordan L, Kessel ST, Brooks J, Bond ME, Winram W, Jordan LK, Cashman R, Tolentino E, Grubbs RD, Gruber SH. 2017. Philopatry and regional connectivity in the great hammerhead shark, Sphyrna mokarran in the U.S. and Bahamas. Frontiers in Marine Science. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2017.00003.
Smalltooth sawfish, Pristis pectinata
Guttridge TL, Gulak S, Franks BR, Carlson J, Gruber SH, Gledhill KS, Bond ME, Johnson G, Grubbs RD. 2015. Occurrences and habitat use of the Critically Endangered smalltooth sawfish (Pristis pectinata) in the Bahamas. Journal of Fish Biology. 87: 1322-1341.