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Illustration by Keith Witmer – keithwitmer.com

Dr. Gruber hails originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., grew up in south Florida.  He entered college in 1956, studying first at Emory University and then earning his B.S. in Zoology from the University of Miami (FL).  He followed up in quick succession with his M.S. and Ph.D. in Marine Science from the then called the Institute of Marine and Atmospheric Science–again at the University of Miami.  He has held several positions at the University of Miami and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Max-Planck Institute for Behavioral Physiology, Seewiesen, Germany where he was a behavioral researcher under Nobel Laureate Professor Dr. Konrad Lorenz.

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Doc Gruber conducted field studies at marine stations at Eilat, Israel, Hurghada, Egypt and Okinawa, Japan. His position was Tenured Full Professor at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS), University of Miami; he also serves as Adjunct Professor of Biology with the University of North Carolina (Wilmington) and is founder and director of the Bimini Biological Field Station, Bimini, Bahamas. Dr. Gruber was council member of the Bahamas National Trust and board member of the University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Marine Science.

For more information, please read the article in the Save Our Seas Magazine.