Greg Stunz, Ph.D. is a marine biologist that specializes in fisheries ecology and sport-fisheries. He was named the Interim Senior Executive Director of the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies in November 2022. He is also the Endowed Chair of Fisheries and Ocean Health, Director of the Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation, and a Professor of Marine Biology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He received both his M.S. and Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University (1995, 1999), and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Texas at San Antonio (1990).
Dr. Stunz's research program is diverse but currently focuses on migration patterns of marine life using a variety of state-of-the-art electronic tracking devices, diving and ROV studies of artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico, and the understanding the vital role that estuaries and near-shore waters play in sustaining marine populations. Specifically, his research includes understanding how artificial reefs enhance fisheries, the roles of apex predators (i.e., sharks) in Gulf ecosystems and tracking their movement patterns, dolphin-fish migration patterns and life history studies, red snapper ecology and management, several projects dealing with many estuarine fishes such as spotted seatrout and red drum and their sustainable management, and many others. Dr. Stunz is also engaged with numerous boards, panels, and scientific advisory committees from the local to national levels. In addition to numerous scientific publications, his research program is frequently covered by television, radio, print news and other media outlets.