The Sulikowski Shark and Fish Research Lab is housed within the University of New England’s Center For Excellence in the Marine Sciences. The lab’s research is dedicated to the study of charismatic fish such as sharks, skates and rays. By studying movement patterns, growth rates, reproductive biology, resiliency to climate change and fishing pressure, Sulikowski and his team of student researchers discover ways to more effectively manage, conserve and utilize fish populations.
Undergraduate and graduate students are critical to the lab’s research. The involvement of dedicated, responsible and motivated students is not only essential to advance understanding of the ecology of marine fishes, but it also provides a steppingstone for the training of future marine scientists.
Dr. James Sulikowski is a marine biologist and professor at the University of New England. He has 25 years of experience working with cartilaginous and bony fish. He has more than 65 peer-reviewed publications and his research has garnered more than $9 million in external grant funding. James has appeared on numerous local and national television shows including NBC’s “Today Show,” “Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin” and the BBC series “Rise of Animals.” His research will be featured during Shark Week in the summer of 2016. James has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Denison University, masters’ degrees in marine biology (Nova Southeastern University) and physiology (Depaul University) as well as a P.h.D in Zoology (UNH).