Al Dove is an Australian marine biologist currently serving as Director of Research and Conservation at the Georgia Aquarium Research Center in Atlanta. During undergraduate training in zoology at The University of Queensland he discovered parasitology first hand upon getting infected with bird schistosomes on a field trip; he was immediately grossed out and utterly smitten with the staggering diversity of form and life cycle among the different parasite groups. After an Honours thesis on the taxonomy of flatworm parasites of carangid fishes (jacks), his PhD explored the ecology of parasite exchange between native and introduced freshwater fish in Australia.
Since moving to the United States in 2000 he has held positions at the Wildlife Conservation Society (New York Aquarium), Cornell University and Stony Brook University. In the process, his research interests have broadened to include all aspects of aquatic animal health from environmental diseases of lobsters, to parasitic diseases of clams and bacterial infections in fish, at all times adhering to the golden rule of marine biology: “work on something tasty”. In his current role at Georgia Aquarium, he’s had to finally give up that rule and he now studies the biology of whale sharks, including natural history, metabolomics and genomics. After having an epiphany about science communication in the digital age, Al began blogging at DeepTypeFlow in 2009 and has been sharing his passion for marine biology via social media ever since. On the academic side, he has written over 40 peer-reviewed publications, is a co-organizer of the Eastern Fish Health Workshop, and is an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Georgia and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
The opinions expressed in Dr. Dove’s blog posts are not necessarily those of Georgia Aquarium.