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Press Release for Thursday, February 13, 2014

Georgia Aquarium Research and Conservation Director Discusses Whale Sharks at UNF

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

Dr. Alistair Dove, research and conservation director at Atlanta’s Georgia Aquarium, will discuss “Whale Sharks: Connecting the Dots” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at the Adam W. Herbert University Center, Building 43, Board of Trustees Room, Room 1058-2. The lecture is free and open to the public.

As director of research and conservation at the Georgia Aquarium, Dove coordinates efforts to understand and protect marine life, including whale sharks, manta rays, coral reefs, dolphins and beluga whales. A parasitologist by training, his research interests now broadly encompass health in aquatic animals and ecosystems, and what these can tell us about our own relationship to life on this planet. Dove leads the aquarium’s research and conservation efforts in Yucatan, Mexico, where efforts are underway to protect the extraordinary pelagic diversity of the Yucatan Peninsula. 

Dove is founding board chairman for the Blue Realm Project, a research and conservation nongovernmental organization based in Cancun, Mexico. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Georgia as well as Georgia Tech and has published more than 40 peer-reviewed papers on a wide diversity of marine biology topics. He is the associate editor of, the world’s most widely-read marine science blog, and he discusses marine science on Twitter, where you can join the conversation @para_sight and @Wheres_Domino.

This event is sponsored by The Brotman Family Coastal Biology Lecture Series and the UNF Coastal Biology Flagship Program. For more information, contact Michelle Davis, UNF Coastal Biology Program, at (904) 620-2830 or at

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.