Dr. Toby Daly-Engel

2022 Faculty Excellence Awardee


Dr. Toby Daly-Engel is the director of the Shark Conservation Lab at Florida Tech, where she and her students work with collaborators from state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and public groups to conduct biomonitoring of Atlantic sharks, understand the impacts of rising temperatures on shark movement patterns, and identify novel species. Her research uses a combination of genomics, field ecology, and modeling to study mating systems, habitat use, and the impacts of climate change on shark populations. Dr. Toby has a passion for promoting the representation of women in science-based fields, especially women of color.

Dr. Toby earned her Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Hawaii in 2009 and has authored over 20 peer-reviewed publications and made several media appearances based on her work, such as appearing on Discovery Channel’s Shark Week 30th Anniversary special “Great White Shark Babies” in 2018. She filmed a show for Discovery networks focused on tiger shark reproduction that aired during Shark Week August 2021. She was featured in a show about bull sharks on Nat Geo's Shark Fest that aired in Summer 2021. Most recently, she was featured on Fox News and shared with Ainsley Earhardt on Fox & Friends on why you shouldn’t let sharks keep you out of the water this summer!


University of Hawaii - Ph.D. in Zoology '09