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R. Dean Grubbs

Florida State University

Coastal and Marine Laboratory

3012 Westcott North
Tallahassee, FL  32306  

dgrubbs@bio.fsu.edu

Project List:

Deepsea to Coast Connectivity in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico (DEEP-C)

Year 2-4 Consortia Grants (RFP-I)Role: Task Co-Lead, Research Scientist

Assessing Impacts of Oil Exposure to Deep Sea Ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico Using Sharks and Scavengers As Integrative Models

Year One Block Grant - Florida Institute of OceanographyRole: Co-Principal Investigator

Assessment of Deepwater Fish Assemblages Associated with Desoto Canyons and Continental Slope Waters in the Eastern GOM

Year One Block Grant - Florida Institute of OceanographyRole: Principal Investigator, Project Data Point of Contact

Publications & Presentations:

Journal Articles - 4

2015

Churchill, D., Heithaus, M., Vaudo, J. J., Grubbs, R. D., & Castro, J. I. (2015). Trophic interactions of common elasmobranchs in deep-sea communities of the Gulf of Mexico revealed through stable isotope and stomach contents analysis. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 115, 92–102.
Churchill, D. A., Heithaus, M. R., & Grubbs, R. D. (2015). Effects of lipid and urea extraction on δ15N values of deep-sea sharks and hagfish: Can mathematical correction factors be generated? Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 115, 103–108.
Cotton, C. F., Dean Grubbs, R., Dyb, J. E., Fossen, I., & Musick, J. A. (2015). Reproduction and embryonic development in two species of squaliform sharks, Centrophorus granulosus and Etmopterus princeps: Evidence of matrotrophy? Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 115, 41–54.
Giresi, M. M., Grubbs, R. D., Portnoy, D. S., Driggers III, W. B., Jones, L., & Gold, J. R. (2015). Identification and distribution of morphologically conserved smoothhound sharks (Genus Mustelus) in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, 144(6), 1301–1310.

Conference Presentations - 39

2015

Churchill, D. A., Heithaus, M. R., & Grubbs, R. D. (2015). Estimating the Trophic Position of Deep-water Sharks and Associated Species Using Compound-specific Nitrogen Isotope Analysis of Amino Acids. In 2015 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. Reno, NV : 07/16/15-07/19/15.
Daly-Engel, T. S., Grubbs, R. D., Varney, R., Pereira, E., & Larson, S. (2015). Strange Things Happen When You Turn Back the Molecular Clock: Evolution and Speciation in Sixgill Sharks (Genus Hexanchus). In 2015 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. Reno, NV : 07/16/15-07/19/15.
Gelsleichter, J. A., Grubbs, R. D., Heithaus, M., Drymon, J. M., Kerstetter, D., & Hueter, R. E. (2015). Effects of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Gulf Fish Populations: What Have We Learned? In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15.
Grubbs, R. D., Cotton, C. F., Mickle, A., Varney, R., & Daly-Engel, T. (2015). New data for three species of hagfishes (Myxinidae) from the northern Gulf of Mexico. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15.
Harper, A., Perrot, V., Chanton, J., Landing, W., Salters, V., & Grubbs, D. (2015). Determining the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Impact on Mercury Concentrations of Northern Gulf of Mexico Fishes Using Stable Isotopes. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15: Poster.
Leary, A., Gelsleichter, J., & Grubbs, R. D. (2015). Monitoring status and trends of long-lived marine vertebrates as a measurable indicator of restoration and long-term health of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15.
Mickle, A., Grubbs, R. D., & Chanton, J. P. (2015). Trophic Structure, Feeding Ecology and Bioaccumulation Of Hg In GoM Hagfishes. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15.
Mickle, A., Grubbs, R. D., & Chanton, J. P. (2015). Trophic Structure, Feeding Ecology and Bioaccumulation Of Hg In GoM Hagfishes. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15: Poster.
Mickle, A., Grubbs, R. D., & Chanton, J. P. (2015). Trophic Structure, Feeding Ecology and Bioaccumulation of Hg in Gulf of Mexico Hagfishes. In 2015 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. Reno, NV : 07/16/15-07/19/15.
Pfleger, M. O., Grubbs, R. D., & Daly-Engel, T. S. (2015). The Dogfish Formerly Known as Squalus mitsukurii: a New Deep-water Shark Species from the Gulf of Mexico. In 2015 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. Reno, NV : 07/16/15-07/19/15.
Prohaska, B., & Grubbs, R. D. (2015). Stress Physiology of Deep Demersal Sharks in the Gulf of Mexico. In 2015 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. Reno, NV : 07/16/15-07/19/15: Poster.
Rolfe, S. C., Cotton, C. F., Grubbs, R. D., & Heil, A. (2015). Life History Characteristics Of Two Common Deep-Water Dogfishes (Squalus cubensis and S. cf. mitsukurii) From The Northern Gulf of Mexico. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15.
Vaccaro, K., Varney, R., Grubbs, R. D., & Daly-Engel, T. (2015). Microsatellite applications for multiple paternity in Squalus clarkae, a novel shark species from the Gulf of Mexico. In 2015 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. Reno, NV : 07/16/15-07/19/15: Poster.
Varney, R., Grubbs, R. D., Feldheim, K., & Daly-Engel, T. (2015). A novel panel of microsatellite loci for the Gulf of Mexico hagfish, Eptatretus springeri. In 2015 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. Reno, NV : 07/16/15-07/19/15.
Whalen, J., Gelsleichter, J., & Grubbs, R. D. (2015). Using DNA adducts to examine polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon exposure in shark populations affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In 2015 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. Reno, NV : 07/16/15-07/19/15.
Whalen, J. C., Gelsleichter, J., & Grubbs, R. D. (2015). Using DNA adducts to examine polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon exposure in shark and bony fish populations impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2015. Houston, TX : 02/16/15-02/19/15.

2014

Cotton, C., Rolfe, S., Heil, A., & Grubbs, R. D. (2014). Life history characteristics of two common deep-water dogfishes (Squalus cubensis and S. cf. mitsukurii) from the northern Gulf of Mexico. In Annual Meeting of the American Elasmobranch Society (AES) – 30th. Chatanooga, TN : 7/30/14-8/3/14: Poster.
Daly-Engel, T., Grubbs, R. D., & Larson, S. (2014). Phylogeography Across the Global Range of an Ancient Deep-water Predator: the Bluntnose Sixgill Shark (Hexanchus griseus). In Annual Meeting of the American Elasmobranch Society (AES) – 30th. Chatanooga, TN : 7/30/14-8/3/14.
Giresi, M., Portnoy, D., Grubbs, R. D., Skomal, G., McCandless, C., Frazier, B., et al. (2014). Genetic Population Structure of the Dusky Smoothhound Shark, Mustelus canis, in U.S. Waters. In Annual Meeting of the American Elasmobranch Society (AES) – 30th. Chatanooga, TN : 7/30/14-8/3/14.
Grubbs, R. D. (2014). Endangered sawfish and deep-sea sixgills: using modern telemetry to study very large elasmobranch fishes. In V Iberian Congress of Ichthyology. Lisbon, Portugal : 06/24/14-06/27/14.
Grubbs, R. D. (2014). Endangered sawfish and deep-sea sixgills: using modern telemetry to study very large elasmobranch fishes. In College of Charleston Marine Biology Graduate Student Colloquium. Charleston, SC : 9/19/2014.
Grubbs, R. D. (2014). Peer review, waning scientific skepticism and the danger of losing credibility: Lessons from shark management and conservation efforts. In College of Charleston Marine Biology Graduate Student Colloquium. Charleston, SC : 9/20/2014.
Grubbs, R. D., C Cotton, C., Daly-Engel, T., & Kerstetter, D. (2014). Post-release Survival and Vertical Movements of Bluntnose Sixgill Sharks (Hexanchus griseus) in Four Oceanic Regions. In Annual Meeting of the American Elasmobranch Society (AES) – 30th. Chatanooga, TN : 7/30/14-8/3/14.
Heil, A., Cotton, C. F., & Grubbs, R. D. (2014). Age and growth of two sympatric deep-water dogfishes (Squalus cubensis, and S. cf. mitsukurii) from the northern Gulf of Mexico. In 2014 Deep-C Student Research Symposium. Tallahassee, FL : 09/18/14-09/19/14.
Imhoff, J., Mickle, A., Peterson, C., & Grubbs, R. D. (2014). The Effects Of Sample Processing Methods On Light Stable Isotope And Mercury Analyses Of Fish Muscle. In Annual Meeting of the American Elasmobranch Society (AES) – 30th. Chatanooga, TN : 7/30/14-8/3/14: Poster.
Imhoff, J. L., Mickle, A., Peterson, C. T., & Grubbs, R. D. (2014). Effects of sample processing techniques on light stable isotope and mercury analyses of fishes. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2014. Mobile, AL: 01/26/14-01/30/14: Poster.
Leary A., Gelsleichter, J., & Grubbs, R. D. (2014). Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon biomarkers in Gulf of Mexico sharks and fishes in the years following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2014. Honolulu, HI : 02/23/14-02/28/14: Poster.
Leary, A., Gelsleichter, J., & Grubbs, R. D. (2014). Biomarkers in Centrophorus and Squalus Species in the years following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In Annual Meeting of the American Elasmobranch Society (AES) – 30th. Chatanooga, TN : 7/30/14-8/3/14.
Leary, A., Gelsleichter, J., & Grubbs, R. D. (2014). PAH Biomarkers in deepwater sharks after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference 2014. Mobile, AL: 01/26/14-01/30/14: Poster.
Leary, A., Gelsleichter, J., & Grubbs, R. D. (2014). Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Biomarkers in Gulf of Mexico Sharks and Fishes in the Years Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill (Pollution and Toxicology). In Southern Division Meeting-American Fisheries Society. Charleston, SC - 01/22/14-01/26/14: Poster.
Leary, A., Gelsleichter, J., & Grubbs, R. D. (2014). The Deepwater Horizon oil spill effects on deep sea teleost and sharks evaluated using oil-related biomarkers. In 2014 Deep-C Student Research Symposium. Tallahassee, FL : 09/18/14-09/19/14.
Leary, A., Gelsleichter, J., & Grubbs, R. D. (2014). The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Impacts on Deep Sea Gulf Fishes. In Annual Meeting of the American Elasmobranch Society (AES) – 30th. Chatanooga, TN : 7/30/14-8/3/14: Poster.
Mickle, A., Grubbs, R. D., & Chanton, J. P. (2014). Trophic Structure, Feeding Ecology and Bioaccumulation of Mercury (Hg) on Deep Sea Hagfish: An Elemental Analysis Approach. In American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH) – 94th annual meeting. Chatanooga, TN : 7/30/14-8/3/14: Poster.
Mickle, A., Grubbs, R. D., & Chanton, J. P. (2014). Trophic Structure, feeding ecology and Hg bioaccumulation in Gulf of Mexico hagfishes. In 2014 Deep-C Student Research Symposium. Tallahassee, FL : 09/18/14-09/19/14.
Pfleger, M. O., Grubbs, R. D., & Daly-Engel, T. S. (2014). DNA Barcoding in the Genus Squalus Reveals a Novel Dogfish Species from the Gulf of Mexico. In Annual Meeting of the American Elasmobranch Society (AES) – 30th. Chatanooga, TN : 7/30/14-8/3/14.
Prohaska, B. P., & Grubbs, R. D. (2014). Stress physiology of deep demersal elasmobranchs in the Gulf of Mexico. In 2014 Deep-C Student Research Symposium. Tallahassee, FL : 09/18/14-09/19/14.
Varney, R., Daly-Engel, T., & Grubbs, R. D. (2014). Preliminary Analysis of Genetic Variation in Three Species of Gulf of Mexico Hagfishes. In American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH) – 94th annual meeting. Chatanooga, TN : 7/30/14-8/3/14.

2013

Leary, A., Gelsleichter, J., & Grubbs, R. D. (2013). Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon biomarkers suggest continued exposure in sharks after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In SETAC. Nashville, TN, November 17, 2013: Poster.

2012

Churchill, D., Heithaus, M., Grubbs, D., & Vaudo, J. (2012). Effects of the Deepwater Horizon Spill on the trophic interactions of deep-sea sharks and associated species of the Gulf of Mexico. In American Elasmobranch Society Annual Meeting. Vancouver, BC, August 8-13, 2012.