Understanding the Life History of Tunas, Billfishes, and Sharks

Understanding the Life History of Tunas, Billfishes, and Sharks

Understanding the Life History of Tunas, Billfishes, and Sharks

Dr. Walter J. Golet is a Research Assistant Professor in the School of Marine Sciences at the University of Maine, Orono, and holds a joint appointment at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland, Maine. Golet's research is focused on understanding the life history of tunas, billfishes, and sharks in the Atlantic Ocean, specifically growth, age and stock structure, energetic condition, foraging ecology, and movement/migration, with a particular focus on Atlantic Bluefin Tuna, Thunnus thynnus. Golet uses every opportunity to incorporate his research into his teaching whether for 5th and 6th graders at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute's LabVenture program or his lectures on the ecology of highly migratory species at the University of Maine. Golet's most recent publications are: “The Paradox of the Pelagics: Why Bluefin Tuna Can Go Hungry in a Sea of Plenty,” published in Marine Ecology Progress Series, and “Diet and Condition of Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus) in the Gulf of Maine, 2004–2008” published in the Environmental Biology of Fishes. Golet is an avid fisherman and sportsman and joined AIFRB in 2016.

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2More information on Dr. Walter J. Golet and his research can be found here:

http://www.gmri.org/about-us/who-we-are/staff/walt-golet-phd

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByPj75clApU

References

Golet, W. J., Record, N. R., Lehuta, S., Lutcavage, M., Galuardi, B., Cooper, A. B., and Pershing, A. J. 2015. The paradox of the pelagics: why bluefin tuna can go hungry in a sea of plenty. Marine Ecology Progress Series 527:181–192. doi:10.3354/meps11260

Logan, J. M., Golet, W. J., and Lutcavage, M. E. 2015. Diet and condition of Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) in the Gulf of Maine, 2004–2008. Environmental Biology of Fishes 98(5):1411–1430. doi:10.1007/s10641-014-0368-y

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