September 22, 2021


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Arts, Sciences & Training dean named Explorers Club fellow | FIU Information

Mike Heithaus has traveled the environment to unravel the mysteries of sharks and other hard-to-review marine animals. For his contributions to scientific knowledge, exploration, discovery and science communications, he has been named an Explorers Club fellow.
Properly-regarded internationally by means of his analysis on large sharks, sea turtles and dolphins, Heithaus also serves as dean of FIU’s Higher education of Arts, Sciences & Instruction.
The Explorers Club is an international specialist culture known for prolonged-held exacting benchmarks for membership and a stringent vetting course of action. It encourages and supports the scientific exploration of land, sea, air and place by sponsoring investigate and instruction in the normal, geographic and biological sciences, cultural documentation, and humanitarian assist and outreach. Users have provided gentlemen and ladies who had been 1st to the North Pole, to start with to the South Pole, 1st to the summit of Mount Everest, initially to the deepest issue in the ocean, and initially to the surface area of the moon. Heithaus acquired his formal invitation this spring.

Renowned oceanographer and Explorers Club member Sylvia Earle wrote in help of Heithaus’ nomination, emphasizing his use of slicing-edge technologies together with drones and animal-borne cameras to examine dolphins, seals, sharks, turtles and whales. In her reference letter, she also observed his very long-time period investigate in Shark Bay, Australia.
For additional than 20 decades, Heithaus has performed one of the world’s most in-depth scientific tests on sharks — answering vital thoughts about how sharks reside and perform, as effectively as how they assistance maintain healthy populations of other animals and even ocean crops. These findings have served inform conservation priorities and techniques all over the world.
“In the greatest traditions of the Explorers Club, Dean Heithaus has plainly evidenced his commitment to the furtherance of exploration, discovery and science. He is an ardent defender of the all-natural environment and is dedicated to sharing his research and exploration with the rest of the globe,” reported Mireya Mayor, director of the Higher education of Arts, Sciences & Education’s Exploration and Science Communications and Explorers Club fellow. “I know he will convey an abundance of power — as nicely as a wealth of firsthand encounter as a scientist-explorer — to the Explorers Club.”
To be named an Explorers Club Fellow, scientists need to have a tested record of contributing scientific conclusions by way of fieldwork or explorations. All through his profession, Heithaus has authored or co-authored extra than 175 peer-reviewed journal content articles and book chapters and co-edited 4 textbooks on the biology of sharks and their kin. He is also 1 of the lead scientists for World-wide Finprint, an global venture supported by the Paul G. Allen Spouse and children Foundation that is providing desperately wanted data to shield sharks and rays alongside the world’s coral reefs and help rebuild populations that are in problems.