Simon Dedman, PhD
Ecological role of sharks; advancing species distribution modelling for sharks and tuna

I am a postdoctoral research faculty member in the College of Arts, Sciences, and the Environment, at Florida International University, Miami, USA. I work in Michael Heithaus' Marine Community and Behavioural Ecology Lab, and Yannis Papastamatiou's Predator Ecology Lab. I am also a Science Board Member for Saving The Blue, an NGO based in Miami and Andros, Bahamas.

I developed gbm.auto, R software to automate the delopyment of Boosted Regression Tree machine-learning species distribution models during my PhD, and led the development of movegroup with Dr Mauritz van Zinnicq Bergmann. Since working in Mike and Yannis' FIU labs, I have co-lead authored 'Ecological roles and importance of sharks in the Anthropocene Ocean', published in Science in May 2024, and am working on various publications with FIU and other collaborators.

I earned my PhD in 2015 from Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Galway, Ireland, for my work PHD PROJECT NAME AND LINK. My supervisors were Dr. Rick Officer, Dr. Deirdre Brophy, Dr David Reid, and Dr Maurice Clarke.

While always aiming for a career in academia, between degrees I worked for the UK's Marine Management Organisation, as the International Quota Manager. My full journey is detailed in my CV.

Works   Google Scholar, ResearchGate, ORCiD, GitHub, Medium
Dissertations: Doctoral, Masters, Bachelors.
Contact   email, Twitter, LinkedIn
New   → 'Ecological roles and importance of sharks in the Anthropocene Ocean' published in Science.
movegroup accepted onto CRAN.
Next   → Mapping critically endangered smalltooth sawfish in Florida's Everglades.
Directed Acyclic Graph analyses of reef shark ecological roles and importance on French Polynesian reef communities.
→ Reef sharks, great hammerheads, and more in Andros.
→ Behaviour and movement of lemon sharks in Bimini using BRUVs and accelerometers.
→ Bull shark movements off Miami.
Guiding quote   “Never assume” – John Robb


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