CSULB Shark Lab
Dr. Christopher Lowe grew up on Martha’s Vineyard, where he spent a vast majority of his youth fishing and diving the waters around Cape Cod. He hails from a long line of New England fishermen and whalers, so a career around the sea just made sense. Migrating westward during his academic training, he received his B.A. in Marine Biology at Barrington College in Rhode Island, M.S. in Biology at California State Univ. Long Beach (CSULB), and a Ph.D. in Zoology at the Univ. of Hawaii.
In 1998, he was hired as a Professor of Marine Biology at Cal. State Univ. Long Beach, where he runs the CSULB Shark Lab, originally founded by Dr. Donald R. Nelson. Don Nelson was a world renowned expert on shark behavior and an innovator in the use and development of acoustic telemetry tracking. Maintaining the CSULB Shark Lab history in innovation, Dr. Lowe and his students continue the development and use acoustic and satellite telemetry techniques to study the movement, behavior, and physiology of sharks, rays, and gamefishes. Some of his recent research has focused on the development and use of aerial and underwater robots for autonomously tracking sharks for the studying of their behaviors.
The mission of the Shark Lab is to advance our understanding of the ecology of marine fishes, training future marine scientists at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and disseminate information to resource managers and the general public to improve conservation of marine fishes.
Dr. Lowe and his students have published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Fisheries Research Biologists, is the current president of the American Elasmobranch Society and a member of the American Fisheries Society, Western Society of Naturalists, and Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC). His research has been featured on Discovery Channel, National Geographic, BBC, NOVA, NPR, and Great White Shark 3D IMAX film. Dr. Lowe received the CSULB Outstanding Professor award in 2009 and Impact in Research Award in 2012.