FSU researcher to be featured on Shark Week

Florida State University researcher Dean Grubbs, an expert in the biology of coastal and deep sea sharks and their relatives, and a group of his students will be featured during “Shark Week” airing on the Discovery Channel.

Grubbs, the associate director for research at the FSU Marine & Coastal Laboratory, and his students will appear on the “Alien Sharks” episode at 10 p.m. Monday, July 6. A Discovery Channel crew tagged along with Grubbs’ team last spring to film the footage. Joining Grubbs on the cruise were also FSUCML researcher Chip Cotton, FSU studentsBianca Prohaska, Johanna Imhoff, Ryan McKenzie and Alejandra Mickle, and University of North Florida studentsArianne Learyand Amanda Brown.

Here is the synopsis for “Alien Sharks” from the Discovery Channel:

Deep below the ocean’s surface live some of the strangest marine animals on earth. Now, three expeditions are exploring those depths for sharks that glow in the dark. They are hoping for a close encounter in the strange domain of alien sharks.

Last year, Grubbs and two students appeared in an episode of “Shark Week” which focused on their sawfish research.