Steve Turnbull, Ph.D.


Executive Director - Canadian Shark Conservation Society, University of New Brunswick

I have worked at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John for over 20 years. I teach several different biology courses which include zoology, animal behavior, marine mammals, wildlife ecotourism, and environmental science. I also teach two field courses in Bimini, Bahamas. One course is on elasmobranchs and  is held at the Bimini Biological Field Station, and the other through DCP studying Atlantic spotted and bottlenose dolphins.  My initial research was in seal bioacoustics and over the years I have drifted toward the study of porbeagle sharks in the Bay of Fundy, Canada.  With the aid of several recreational shark fishing businesses, I have established an active tagging operation which also includes PSATs. Through increased contact with DCP I find myself being drawn back into the realm of marine mammals. I have collaborated on one paper with DCP all ready and I am working on a project currently with a student studying their vocalizations. Also, I have a research project underway on finback whales in the Bay of Fundy, Canada.  I am working on identification of individual finback whales based on photos dating back to 2006 and this will be ongoing. From this several behavior studies will be launched. 


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