Mote scientist receives Albion College alumni award


Mote scientist receives Albion College alumni award


Date: May 10, 2010
by: Robin Hartill | Community Editor


Dr. Nick Whitney, a post-doctoral scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory’s Center for Shark Research, was recognized as one of Albion College’s first Top 10 in 10 Young Alumni Award winners at a ceremony in Albion, Mich.

Whitney specializes in shark behavioral ecology. His current research uses accelerometer technology, which is used in iPods and Nintendo Wii, to study fine-scale behaviors in sharks, sea turtles and Burmese pythons.

Whitney has been awarded more than 15 competitive research grants totaling nearly $200,000. A Bradenton resident, Whitney is a 2000 graduate of Albion College and earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

To watch a video about Whitney’s research, go to and click on “Wii-Mote Sharks.”

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