The California State University Long Beach
Shark Lab has had a long and rich history in the
area of elasmobranch research.
The Shark Lab was established in 1966 when Dr.
Donald Nelson joined the faculty at CSULB as
part of Marine Biology program. Donís commitment
to the study of sensory biology and behavior of
sharks was instrumental in furthering our
understanding of these animals.
The CSULB Shark Lab, through the direction of
Don Nelson produced over 50 scientific
publications and trained 21 Masters and 1 Ph.D.
student during his 30-year tenure. Many of the
research projects conducted by the CSULB Shark
Lab ventured to locations like Tahiti, Enewetak
Atoll, and Baja, Mexico with funding from the
Office of Naval Research and National Geographic
Unfortunately, Don passed away on March 7, 1997
after a long battle with melanoma skin cancer.
Dr. Christopher Lowe, one of Donís former
Masters students was hired as Donís replacement
in 1998. Chris took over the CSULB Shark Lab and
keeps the legacy going. We invite you to enjoy a
pictorial history of elasmobranch research at
the CSULB Shark Lab. For more information about
current research at the CSULB Shark Lab check