Salvador Jorgensen, Senior Research Scientist
Areas of expertise: White Sharks, Research & Policy, Science & Conservation
Sal Jorgensen is a research scientist for the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Project White Shark. He oversees basic research on migratory patterns, feeding ecology and habitat use of adult great white sharks at the Farallon Islands, Point Reyes and Ano Nuevo Island. Since 2000, Sal and the Project White Shark team have placed 240 electronic tracking tags on 100 individual adults. Some sharks were tagged more than once, which has generated multiple years of information about their travels in the eastern Pacific.
Sal’s collaborative work with Stanford University researchers on adult great white sharks at the Farallon Islands was the focus of Great White Highway, the lead program on Discovery Channel’s Shark Week 2012.
Sal’s research interests include studying movements and migrations of commercially targeted sharks and fishes, acoustic tagging and telemetry, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis and modeling.
Before joining the aquarium, Jorgensen was a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station. Beginning in 2006, he led the white shark research team under the Tagging of Pacific Pelagics (TOPP) program. He completed his doctoral degree in ecology at the University of California, Davis focusing on the ecology of movement and dispersal of fishes and sharks.
As a graduate student, he conducted field studies as a Fulbright scholar in Mexico's Gulf of California, studying the movements of tunas and scalloped hammerhead sharks around seamounts. He earned undergraduate degrees in environmental studies from Sonoma State University, and in art from John Abbott College in Montreal. He is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese, and conversant in French.