Gregg is currently involved with research on the endangered
B.S. Biological Sciences, Oswego State
M.S. Marine Biology, Florida Tech
Ph.D. Oceanography, Florida Tech (in
I began working at the Charlotte Harbor Field Laboratory in March
What are you working on now?
I am currently involved with smalltooth sawfish research for FWC
and cownose ray research for graduate school.
How is this information beneficial?
The smalltooth sawfish is endangered, occurs today primarily in
Florida, and very little research was done before populations
declined. There is much to be done to keep the species on the road
to recovery. Cownose rays are currently abundant, but sharks and
rays in general are experiencing dramatic population declines
worldwide. It is important to learn as much as we can about this
species before it declines.
Was this your original career interest? Why or why
I was always interested in science, especially geology and
biology. When I was in elementary school, I collected fossils
extensively and even went on a dig. So, paleontology was my
original career interest, but then my parents took me to see the
ocean. Not long after that, marine science became my focus.
What is your biggest accomplishment?
I feel fortunate to be able to conduct biological research for a
What do you like most about your career?
When you conduct research, you learn things that no one knew
before. Learning new things and sharing the information with others
is fun. Sometimes the information is used to help conserve or
manage the species you study and that can be very gratifying.
What do you like least about your career?
It's tough to make a living as a scientist.
What are some of your biggest challenges?
Sometimes it can be difficult to get scientists to communicate and
What advice would you give to someone interested in
pursuing a career in your field?
Determine a few things that you're interested in (specific
organisms or groups of them, ecology, genetics, etc.) and try to
get involved with a person or group that is working on those
things. Ask questions, volunteer. Find out what you're really
interested in and go for it. You probably won't make much money,
but it will be a wild ride.