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Tobey Curtis - New England District

Tobey Curtis is a Fishery Management Specialist in the NMFS Highly Migratory Species Management Division in Gloucester, MA, and a PhD Candidate at the School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.Working at the interface of science and management, Tobey’s general research focus is on the fisheries biology and ecology of sharks, skates, and rays.Specifically, Tobey’s interests are in applying electronic tagging technologies to answer questions about movement, migration, habitat selection, behavior, and physiology.Currently, he is collaborating on projects deploying satellite tags on basking sharks, juvenile white sharks, and thorny skates off the northeastern U.S.


Tobey joined AIFRB in 2016, and is also a member of the American Fisheries Society and American Elasmobranch Society.He enjoys taking his two young boys fishing for largemouth bass and bluegill sunfish.

Tobey’s recent publications

Haugen, J.B., , P.G. Fernandes, K.A. Sosebee, and P.J. Rago. 2017. Sexual segregation of spiny dogfish () off the northeastern United States: Implications for a male-directed fishery. 193: 121-128.

Grubbs, R.D., J.K. Carlson, J.G. Romine, , W.D. McElroy, C.T. McCandless, C.F. Cotton, and J.A. Musick. 2016.Critical assessment and ramifications of a purported marine trophic cascade. Nature - Scientific Reports 6: 20970.

Curtis, T.H., S.I. Zeeman, E.L. Summers, S.X. Cadrin, and G.B. Skomal. 2014. Eyes in the sky: Linking satellite oceanography and biotelemetry to explore habitat selection by basking sharks.  Animal Biotelemetry 2:12.

Curtis, T.H., C.T. McCandless, J.K. Carlson, G.B. Skomal, N.E. Kohler, L.J. Natanson, G.H. Burgess, J.J. Hoey, and H.L. Pratt. 2014. Seasonal distribution and historic trends in abundance of white sharks, Carcharodon carcharias, in the western North Atlantic Ocean.  PLoS ONE 9(6): e99240.


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