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Heath Cook

Ph.D. Candidate at Cornell University

About Me

Heath is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University. He received a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science (Honours Class I) from the University of Sydney, Australia (2005). He worked for ten years at the NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, United States as a biologist in the bottom trawl program, serving frequently as chief scientist aboard their biannual Bottom Trawl Survey. With over 1000 days at sea aboard multiple different research cruises spanning the Northwest Atlantic Ocean shelf, the Gulf of Mexico, and deepwater seamounts, he is a firm believer in the value of field research and training the next generation of field biologists. In his current role at Cornell, he enjoys teaching undergraduates in courses in vertebrate biology and the biology of fishes and sharks. His research interests focus on the systematics and ecology of fishes of the continental shelf. Further, he is interested in marine biomonitoring and developing methods to overcome the ever-present difficulties in sampling biodiversity on the continental shelf, particularly in regions of the world with reduced marine research infrastructure and budgets. Growing up in Australia, Heath developed a love of sharks and their biology which continues to this day.

Courses and Programs taught by Heath Cook