Dr. Alistair Dove, Vice President of Science and Education

Areas of Expertise:

  • Biology of whale sharks
  • Marine conservation
  • Aquatic animal health
  • Science communication

Dr. Dove is a broadly trained marine biologist and conservationist and a leading authority on the biology of whale sharks. As Vice President of Science and Education, Dr. Dove is responsible for overseeing all education, research and conservation activities for Georgia Aquarium and administering collaborative partnerships with other institutions; he also oversees the Development team.

Dr. Dove obtained a 1st class Honors degree in Zoology and Parasitology in 1994 from the University of Queensland, Australia. His Ph.D. studies focused on the ecology of parasites infecting invasive fish species in Australian lakes and rivers, for which he was awarded a Deans List commendation and a University Medal. After moving to the USA in 2000, Dr. Dove held positions at the Wildlife Conservation Society (New York Aquarium), Cornell University, Stony Brook University and Columbia University. During this period, he studied the impacts of climate change on the health of coastal marine life, especially lobsters, striped bass, bluefish and clams.

Dr. Dove joined the Aquarium team in 2006 and transitioned to the Research and Conservation department in 2009, where he helped expand it into the multifaceted, globally respected program it is today. His current focus is the biology and conservation of whale sharks. He has published over 65 scientific articles, several book chapters, and has a book due out in 2021 called Whale sharks: biology, ecology, and conservation. He is an adjunct faculty member at Georgia Institute of Technology (Biology), Georgia State University (Neurobiology), UGA (Anatomic Pathology), and Stony Brook University (Marine Sciences).

In addition to his research duties, Dr. Dove is a passionate scientist communicator and a compelling public speaker. He presented at TEDxPeachtree in 2015, was the Keynote speaker at the 2019 NCUR conference, and has been a contributor and associate editor for DeepSeaNews.com. He actively engages the public about marine science and conservation from his main Twitter account @DrAlistairDove.

Alistair in the Field

  • Dr. Alistair Dove
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