Barbara Block is a professor in marine sciences at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. With her colleagues at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, she has established the Tuna Research and Conservation Center, where bluefin and yellowfin tuna are held in captivity for physiological study and giant bluefin are now on exhibit at the aquarium. Her research utilizes electronic tagging, physiology, and molecular genetics to examine the short and long-term movement patterns, stock structure, and behavior of tunas, lamnid sharks, and billfishes. At Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station, her team has pioneered the deployment of pop-up satellite and archival tags on tunas, billfishes, and sharks. Dr. Block is chief scientist of the Tagging of Pacific Pelagics program (http://www.topp.org), a multi-disciplinary team tagging 4,000 apex predators in the eastern Pacific. Concerned about the real possibility of northern bluefin tuna becoming commercially extinct, and armed with the scientific data to improve Atlantic bluefin tuna management, she teamed with a dedicated group of recreational fishers and other scientists to found the Tag-A-Giant Foundation (TGF) in 2006. (http://www.tagagiant.org) Dr. Block has received the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation the MacArthur Foundation Award and is a Pew Marine Conservation Fellow.
Last updated October 19 2011