12 Facts About Barbara Block


Barbara Block has published numerous bodies of work throughout her career in marine biology and chemistry, mainly focusing on the biology and chemistry of metabolism in different tuna and shark species.

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Under the mentorship of Dr Francis Carey, a late prominent figure in the study of tuna biology, Barbara Block began her oceanographic career at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

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Barbara Block began as an assistant professor at the University of Chicago and joined the Stanford faculty in 1994.

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Barbara Block has established and lead the Tuna Research and Conservation Center, which is a unique center that focuses on the study of tuna biology and physiology backed by resources from both Stanford University and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

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Barbara Block currently spends time running the Dr Barbara Block Lab at the Hopkins Marine Station in Monterey Bay, where she and other researchers are involved with projects such as the Blue Serengeti Initiative, the Tag-A-Giant project, the Animal Telemetry Network, and the management of the Tuna Research and Conservation Center.

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Barbara Block continues to explore thermal physiology, ecological physiology, tuna biology, and open-ocean predator behavior.

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Barbara Block has contributed to the recurring documentary series Nature, and has helped create the documentaries Mission Blue and Blue Serengeti.

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Barbara Block has worked with large pelagic fish, especially open-ocean tuna and billfish, for much of her career.

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Barbara Block has done extensive work to improve the quality and scale of tagging operations in order to better analyze large scale movements of these species throughout different oceans.

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Barbara Block has specifically contributed to two different new kinds of electronic tags, and has utilized professional relationships with commercial and recreational fishermen to facilitate more efficient tagging processes.

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Barbara Block's research has added significant contributions to the study of migration and population in oceanic ecosystems.

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Barbara Block has published and helped conduct multiple research studies about the effect of temperature changes on physiology of a variety of species.

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