Michael Heithaus, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Arts, Sciences & Education; Professor of Biology

Email: CASEdean@fiu.edu


Michael Heithaus is the Dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, & Education and Professor of Biological Sciences. A leading scholar in marine ecology specializing in the behavior and ecological roles of large predators - including sharks. Prior to his appointment, Heithaus received his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences at Simon Fraser University in 2001. He his post-doctoral studies at the Center for Shark Research of Mote Marine Laboratory and was a research fellow at National Geographic Society’s Remote Imaging Lab where he conducted research around the world and hosted a television series.

Heithaus has an active lab conducting research around the world. He has authored over 120 journal articles and book chapters and has co-edited three books on the biology of sharks and their relatives. He has been awarded over $3.6 million for his own research over the past decade and is sought out as a scientific advisor on shark conservation. In addition to his research, he has been active in community engagement, authoring several K-12 textbooks, and developing video programs for national K12 science and math program used by millions of students nationwide.