Heithaus dives into importance of volcanoes and life underwater

A bull sharks swims through the murk during an experiment testing turbid water conditions. Dr. Mike Heithaus uses sonar technology to see them from the cage.
Photo courtesy National Geographic/Duncan Brake

Mike Heithaus, shark researcher in the Institute of Environment and dean of the College of Arts, Sciences & Education, became interested in the relationship between sharks and volcanoes after reading about sharks that inhabited Kavachi – one of the most active underwater volcanoes in the south-west Pacific Ocean.

“It isn’t just about active volcanoes. It’s about the habitat they create out in the middle of the ocean,” Heithaus told Newsweek about the importance of volcanoes to life in the ocean.

To read the full story by Hannah Osborne, visit Newsweek.

Heithaus and his work are featured in the upcoming National Geographic SharkFest program, Sharkcano. He is one of five FIU experts who are featured in SharkFest this year. For a listing of the shows and schedule visit FIU News.

FIU has been ranked No. 9 in the world for positive impact on life below water by The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings. The university ranked third in the United States and is the only institution in the state of Florida to make the list.