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Brad Wetherbee, Ph.D.

Brad Wetherbee
Adjunct Professor
(401) 874-2335


  • Ph.D. Zoology. University of Hawaii, Zoology Department
  • M.S. Biology and Living Resources. University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science
  • B.S. Biology and Environmental Science. Willamette University, Salem, OR

Current research is focused on habitat use, movement patterns and migration of sharks and billfish with an emphasis on fisheries management and sustainable use of marine resources.  Methodology includes extensive satellite tracking of marine fishes and state space models to plot continuous tracks and to quantify habitat use by these animals.  Remote sensing data is used to correlate environmental conditions with areas of high use with the goal of documenting population-wide characteristics of movements for better informed and more effective management of populations.   Both coastal and oceanic species are being studied at locations including New England, mid-Atlantic, Bermuda, The Bahamas, Cayman Islands and Yucatan, Mexico.  International collaborations include researchers from Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Great Britain, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, and several countries in Africa.  

Much of my research in conducted through activities as the Assistant Director of the Guy Harvey Research Institute at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Most of the animals tracked in our projects can be viewed at

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