Jeremy Kiszka

Research Scientist


  Research Assistant Professor, Florida International University


Dr. Jeremy Kiszka’s research focuses on the ecology and behavior of large marine vertebrates, including marine mammals, sea turtles and elasmobranchs. He is particularly interested in the ecological roles and importance of large vertebrates in marine ecosystems, and how changes in their abundance and behavior (including disturbances) may affect the structure and function of ecosystems. In the past, Dr. Kiszka has initiated research projects that investigated shark ecology and behavior in various locations around the world, including the western Indian Ocean, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. He also investigates the direct effects of human activities on large marine vertebrates, particularly in East African small-scale fisheries. Dr. Kiszka has published more than 50 scientific papers and book chapters.

    What are the drivers of marine vertebrate foraging decisions in relation to environmental conditions and co-occurring species (predators, competitors)?

  How important are large marine vertebrates in structuring marine communities, and how can human activities disrupt their roles in ecosystems?

  How do small-scale artisanal fisheries affect vulnerable marine megafauna and how can bycatch be reduced?

  Western Atlantic Region

  East Africa, including Madagascar

  French Polynesia

  New Caledonia

    Investigates the foraging behavior and tactics of large marine vertebrates in a variety of ecosystems and contexts.

  Community ecology and ecological niche theory.

  Use of technologies (including UAVs and animal-borne video cameras) to better understand the behavior, ecology and abundance of large marine vertebrates.


    One of the lead scientists in the BY-Catch Assessment and Mitigation of Megafauna in Western Indian Ocean Fisheries (BYCAM) project 2015-2017 funded by WIOMSA.

  Serves as an expert for the Shark Specialist Group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).