James Sulikowski is a professor and associate director in the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences. He has more than 25 years of experience working with cartilaginous and bony fish, which has generated 87 peer-reviewed publications and garnered more than $13 million in external grant funding.
Professor Sulikowski's interdisciplinary research focuses on the physiological ecology of commercially valuable fish and involves active collaborations with colleagues from many different universities and organizations. This includes studies on the distribution and movement patterns of large charismatic species such as sturgeon and sharks. Sulikowski's interests in aquatic environments along with his diverse background, which includes techniques in endocrinology and fisheries biology, continues to provide his students various research opportunities.
Sulikowsk'si research has appeared on numerous local and national television shows including Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week,” NBC’s “Today Show,” National Geographic “Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin,” and the BBC series “Rise of Animals.”
My interdisciplinary research integrates aspects of fisheries biology such as reproduction, maturity, age and growth, the physiological responses to stress and how these parameters influence by-catch mortality, as well as investigating the composition, movements, and spatial/temporal distribution of commercially valuable species in both the coastal and pelagic environments. Shark and other charasmatic megafuana are at the forefront of this research. I use a combination of both physiological (e.g. reproductive and stress biomarkers) and mobile technology (telemetry and ultrasound) to conduct this work. The majority of this research continues to be conducted, along the Atlantic sea board and Gulf of Mexico with multiple state, federal, and academic institutions. In addition, I have active collaborations with federal agencies and academic institutions in Canada and Turkey. Since 2006, I have secured numerous external collaborative grants to support the operations of my laboratory, technicians, and undergraduate and graduate students. My funding has come from diverse sources including, private donations, NOAA’s Species of Concern Program, NOAA Saltonstall-Kennedy Program, NOAA Section 6, Commercial Fisherman Research Foundation, NOAA Southwest Cooperative Research Program, and the NOAA Sea Grant Programs. This research has led to the authorship of 87 peer reviewed publications during my career, many of which have influenced policy making decisions. My research success has hinged on my ability to bring eclectic groups together for the purpose of solving issues pertaining to the marine environment. I also believe that the involvement of dedicated, responsible, and motivated students are not only essential to advancing our understanding of biological processes but also provide critical training of future marine scientists. Finally, my work has been covered in local, regional, and national newspapers, regional news channels, as well as by the BBC, the discovery channel (shark week) and National Geographic.