Dr. Greg Stunz joined the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (HRI) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in September 2007. Dr. Stunz is HRI’s Chair for Fisheries and Ocean Health, the Director of the Center for Sportfish Science in Conservation and was named the Senior Executive Director of HRI in April 2023.
With his experience in the classroom as a Professor of Marine Biology, he understands the importance of leveraging real world data with academic experience. He focuses on where fish are, how they interact with their habitats, and the vital role of the estuaries and near-shore waters. He brings an understanding of the consequences of natural and man-made behaviors to these vital resources. Because healthy oceans are critical for human health, Dr. Stunz conducts extensive field research in those areas. Whether getting "hands-on" with sharks, examining the how artificial reefs enhance the marine environment, or gathering data to develop sound sport fishing regulations, Dr. Stunz's research provides an objective foundation to build sound policy.
Dr. Stunz is often sought out to address governmental, academic, and private sector groups on topics ranging from projections of Red Snapper population recovery to the future of sportfishing in the Gulf of Mexico. Dr. Stunz lends his experience to multiple local and national boards and committees including the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, the Texas Sea Grant Advisory Committee, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Coastal Resources Advisory Committee, among many others. In addition to numerous scientific publications, his research and the Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation is frequently covered by television, radio, print news, and other media outlets.