Tristan's fascination with animal behavior is reflected in his research which has focused on group living and cognition, mainly working with sharks. Tristan completed his doctorate in Behavioral Ecology at the University of Leeds in 2010 after collecting field data for three years at the Bimini Sharklab, a research facility located on the small tropical island of Bimini, The Bahamas. His thesis explored the social dynamics of lemon sharks, Negaprion brevirostris and resulted in six peer-reviewed publications in prestigious journals such as Animal Behavior, Animal Cognition and Fish and Fisheries. Following this, he was awarded a post-doctoral Endeavor Fellowship by the Australian Government and spent a year in Australia studying learning and memory in the Port Jackson shark. In January 2012, Tristan returned to the Bimini Sharklab as Executive Director where he developed a research program studying the movement ecology and drivers of behavior for seven shark and ray species, and designed experiments exploring the causes and consequences of personality in the lemon shark. More recently, Tristan has enjoyed the challenge of working with one of the earth's most enigmatic and highly mobile predators the great hammerhead shark, Sphyrna mokarran. His research has revealed an important overwintering hotspot in the Bahamas and attracted global media attention. Tristan’s research interests and accomplishments can be viewed here