The Marine Community Ecology Lab is focused on understanding the ecological importance of large predators, especially in the ocean, and the consequences of human-induced declines in their populations.

Dr. Mike Heithaus and his team are working to conduct research on hard-to-study marine animals - from whales and dolphins to sharks and sea turtles - in their natural habitats. On land, the team studies alligators, crocodiles and pangolins.


Supporting Conservation

Our research and outreach efforts help governments, businesses and individuals to sustain threatened species. Visit Conservation to learn about our projects, or check out our work with the animals below.