Marine biologist, TV presenter and President of the Marine Conservation Science Institute
Beginning his career as a coral reef fish expert, Michael has dedicated his professional life to studying marine ecology and fish behaviour. After completing post-doctorate work he accepted a position as the leader of the California Department of Fish and Game’s Marine Sport Research Project. Dr Domeier has been a leader in the field of electronic tagging and enjoys working on both the engineering and biological aspects of his field.
For the Discovery Channel in 2013 Michael launched a dangerous mission in Spawn of Jaws, helped by Paul Walker he risked life and limb to unravel the mystery of where sharks give birth. To pull it off he came within arm’s reach of the ocean’s fiercest predator.
Dr. Michael Domeier is renowned for his work with pelagic fishes, white sharks, and coral reef fishes. His ongoing work, centered on the sharks found at Guadalupe Island Mexico, is the most comprehensive Great White research project in the world. He has tagged and tracked individual Great Whites since 2000, and is the first to have tagged and tracked mature females throughout their entire two-year reproductive cycle. His work has produced tracks that originate at a known mating site and then follow the females through their 18-month gestation period until they reveal their preferred birthing site. In addition to finding previously unknown pupping sites, his work has discovered that white sharks from Mexico can migrate to the coasts of Oregon and California. Making shark welfare the highest priority he's spent three years devising new techniques to attach satellite tags while leaving the sharks in their element – an approach that makes it far more dangerous for him and his team. He has now taken his tagging to new levels of welfare by developing a single point attachment technique for his satellite tags, which enables him now to tag very young, growing sharks with minimum risk to the animal.