David Wells, PhD

Dr. David Wells is an assistant professor at Texas A&M University where he serves as the principal investigator of the Shark Biology and Fisheries Science Lab. Research in the lab is centered on obtaining a better understanding of the biology and ecology of sharks and bony fishes throughout marine ecosystems for proper conservation and sustainability of these valuable resources. The diversity of marine habitats currently studied includes an offshore to inshore continuum ranging from offshore open ocean systems, continental shelves, nearshore reefs, to estuarine seascapes. Current research focuses on fish habitat use, movement dynamics, trophic ecology, life history information, and anthropogenic impacts to fishery resources that can each be used in fishery stock assessments and by management for applied applications. Dr. Wells research in the GoMRI consortium will focus on food web structure and trophic connectivity using both stable isotopes and stomach content analyses.