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Office location

2800 University Blvd N
Jacksonville, FL 32211

Office hours

Mon – Fri, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


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Dr. Bryan Franks

Assistant Director of MSRO and Dir. of MSC Graduate Program

Marine Science Research

Email address  bfranks@ju.edu
Telephone number  (904) 256-7976
Office location  Marine Science Research Inst, 256


  • Ph.D., Drexel University
  • M.S., Drexel University
  • B.S. Villanova University

Area of Specialization

Shark Biology, Herpetology, Tropical Ecology, Study Abroad and Away

Graduate Thesis Advisor

  • Jackson Hooten
    • Fine-scale Movements of the Tiger Shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) in Bimini, Commonwealth of the Bahamas
  • Andrew Lyons
    • Nursery Habitat Selection and Partitioning of Requiem Sharks within the Altamaha Basin of Coastal Georgia
  • Amanda Macek 
    • Effect of Three Circle Hooks on Coastal Sharks Using Recreational and Commercial Fishery Techniques

  • Felicia Manning
    • Utilization distribution associated with the movements of Carcharodon carcharias in the western North Atlantic
  • Katrin Villinger
    • Resident and migratory sharks utilizing Jacksonville's coastal waters:examining their role in NE Florida's ecosystems