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Daly-Engel, Toby

Assistant Professor, Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences

The Florida Tech Shark Conservation Lab studies the molecular ecology and evolution of sharks and other highly-migratory marine animals with the goal of helping to create effective management policies. Dr. Daly-Engel's work focuses broadly on the evolution of reproductive strategies, and how reproductive investment can impact stock structure, migration, and habitat use. 

Personal Overview

Dr. Daly-Engel’s research combines genomics with marine ecology to study the evolution of mating strategies in animals that invest heavily in reproduction, especially sharks and rays. She is interested in how reproductive behaviors, particularly from a female fitness perspective, interact with the environment to influence species, populations, and genomes. Her PhD work at the University of Hawaii explored the ecological and genetic effects of female promiscuity in sharks, a subject she expanded on using an insect model as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Arizona. As an Assistant Professor at the University of West Florida, Dr. Daly-Engel worked with collaborators from academia and the National Marine Fisheries Service to monitor marine biodiversity and study the evolution of reproductive strategies in both shallow-coastal and deep-water sharks. She joined the faculty at FIT in Fall 2017. Her teaching experience includes an NSF GK-12 Fellowship, an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship in Research and Teaching, and several years developing research-based undergraduate coursework at the UWF, where she was honored with the Student Government Association’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2016. Dr. Daly-Engel has authored over 20 peer-reviewed publications, and made a number of media appearances based on her work, most recently on Discovery Channel’s Shark Week 2018 30th Anniversary special “Great White Shark Babies”.

Educational Background

Ph.D. Zoology, specializing in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology, University of Hawaii (2009)

M.S. Zoology, University of Hawaii (2007)

B.A. Biology, Oberlin College (2000)

Current Courses

BIO3701, Evolution

BIO4411/5031, Conservation Genetics

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor of Biology, University of West Florida (2012-2017)

Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Fellow, University of Arizona (2009-2012)

Current Research

1. Reproductive evolution and sexual selection in high-investment organisms

2. Landscape genomics, environmental DNA, and local adaptation in fishes

3. Conservation of sharks, skates, and rays

Selected Publications

Rowley A., T.S. Daly-Engel, and J.L. Fitzpatrick (2018) Testes size increases with sperm competition risk and intensity in bony fish and sharks. Behavioral Ecology Dec. 27, 1–8. doi:10.1093/beheco/ary174

Daly-Engel, T.S., A. Koch, J.M. Anderson, C. Cotton, and R.D. Grubbs (2018) Description of a new deep-water dogfish shark from Hawaii, with comments on the Squalus mitsukurii species complex in the West Pacific. ZooKeys 798: 135-157 doi: 10.3897/zookeys.798.28375

Huveneers C., K. Apps, E.E. Becerril-García, B. Bruce, P.A. Butcher, A.B. Carlisle, T.K. Chapple, H.M. Christiansen, G. Cliff, T.H. Curtis, T.S. Daly-Engel, H. Dewar, M.L. Dicken, M.L. Domeier, C.A.J. Duffy, R. Ford, M.P. Francis, G.C.A. French, F. Galván-Magaña, E. García-Rodríguez, E. Gennari, B. Graham, B. Hayden, E.M. Hoyos-Padilla, N.E. Hussey, O.J.D. Jewell, S.J. Jorgensen, A.A. Kock, C.G. Lowe, K. Lyons, L. Meyer, G. Oelofse, E.C. Oñate-González, H. Oosthuizen, J.B. O’Sullivan, K. Ramm, G. Skomal, S. Sloan, M.J. Smale, O. Sosa-Nishizaki, E. Sperone, E. Tamburin, A.V. Towner, M.A. Wcisel, K.C. Weng, J.M. Werry (2018) Future Research Directions on the ‘Elusive’ White Shark. Frontiers in Marine Science 5: 455Davis, M.M, P. Suárez-Moo, and T.S. Daly-Engel (2018) Genetic structure and range expansion among sharpnose sharks (Genus Rhizoprionodon) in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences https://doi.org/ 10.1139/cjfas-2018-0019

Pfleger, M.O., R.D. Grubbs, C. Cotton, and T.S. Daly-Engel (2018) Squalus clarkae sp. nov., a new dogfish shark from the Northwest Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, with comments on the Squalus mitsukurii species complex. Zootaxa  4444 (2): 101–119

Daly-Engel, T.S., I. Baremore, R.D. Grubbs, S. Gulak, R.T. Graham, and M. Enzenauer (2018) Resurrection of the sixgill shark Hexanchus vitulus Springer &Waller, 1969 (Hexanchiformes, Hexanchidae), with comments on its distribution in the northwest Atlantic Ocean. Marine Biodiversity: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12526-018-0849-x

Larson, S., T.S. Daly-Engel, and N. Phillips (2017) Ch. 3: Review of Current Conservation Genetic Analyses of Northeast Pacific Sharks. In Advances in Marine Biology: Northeast Pacific Shark Biology, Research and Conservation. Eds: S. Larson and D. Lowry. Vol. 77, Oxford: Academic Press, pp. 79-110

Selkoe, K.A., E.A. Treml, J.L.K. Wren, O. Gaggiotti, M. Donovan, K. Andrews, I. Baums, M.A. Bernal, C. Bird, H. Bolick, B. Bowen, R. Coleman, G.T. Concepcion, M.T. Craig, T.S. Daly-Engel, J.D. DiBattista, J. Eble, I. Fernandez-Silva, E. Franklin, A. Friedlander, M.R. Gaither, J. Gove, M. Iacchei, Y. Jia, M.A.J. Rivera, L.A. Rocha, J. Reece, D. Skillings, S. Santos, Z. Szabo, M. Timmers, L. Wedding, G.J. Williams, N. Whitney, and R.J. Toonen (2016) Community genetics of Hawaiian reefs reflect habitat, history, thermal stress and ecology. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 283: 20160354

Daly-Engel, T.S., R.L. Smith, D.S. Finn, M.E. Knoderbane, I.C. Phillipsen, and D.A. Lytle (2012a) 17 novel polymorphic microsatellite markers for the giant water bug, Abedus herberti (Belostomatidae). Conservation Genetics Resources 4: 979-981

Daly-Engel, T.S., K.M. Duncan, K.N. Holland, J.P. Coffey, H.A. Nance, R.J. Toonen, and B.W. Bowen (2012b) Global phylogeography with mixed-marker analysis reveals male-mediated dispersal in the endangered scalloped hammerhead shark (Sphyrna lewini). PLoS ONE 7(1): e29986

Fitzpatrick, J.L., R.M. Kempster, T.S. Daly-Engel, S.P. Collin, and J.P. Evans (2012) Assessing the potential for postcopulatory sexual selection in elasmobranchs. The Journal of Fish Biology's 2012 special issue, The Current Status of Elasmobranchs: Biology, Fisheries and Conservation. DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8649.2012.03256.x

Daly-Engel, T.S., J.E. Randall, and B.W. Bowen (2012c) Is the Great Barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda) a reef fish or a pelagic fish? The phylogeographic perspective. Marine Biology 159: 975-985

Toonen, R.J., K.R. Andrews, I.B. Baums, C.E. Bird, G.T. Concepcion, T.S. Daly-Engel, J.A. Eble, A. Faucci, M.R. Gaither, M. Iacchei, J.B. Puritz, J.K. Schultz, D.J. Skillings, M.A. Timmers, and B.W. Bowen (2011) Defining boundaries for ecosystem-based management: a multispecies case study of marine connectivity across the Hawaiian Archipelago. Journal of Marine Biology 2011: 1-13

Cotton, C.F., R.D. Grubbs, T.S. Daly-Engel, P.D. Lynch, and J.A. Musick (2011) Age, growth and reproduction of Squalus cf. mitsukurii from Hawaiian waters. Marine and Freshwater Research 62: 811-822

Daly-Engel, T.S., R.D. Grubbs, K. Feldheim, B.W. Bowen, and R.J. Toonen (2010) Is multiple mating beneficial or unavoidable? Low multiple paternity and genetic diversity in the shortspine spurdog, Squalus mitsukurii. Marine Ecology Progress Series 403: 255-267

Ebert, D.A., W.T. White, K.J. Goldman, L.J.V. Compagno, T.S. Daly-Engel, and R.D. Ward (2010) Reevaluation and redescription of Squalus suckleyi (Girard, 1854) from the North Pacific, with comments on the Squalus acanthias subgroup (Squaliformes: Squalidae: Squalus). Zootaxa 2612: 22-40

Nance, H.A., T.S. Daly-Engel, and P.B. Marko (2009) New microsatellite loci for the endangered scalloped hammerhead shark, Sphyrna lewini. Molecular Ecology Resources 9: 955-957

Bienfang, P., B. Oben, S. DeFelice, P. Moeller, K. Huncik, P. Oben, R. Toonen, T. Daly-Engel, and B. Bowen (2008) Ciguatera: Detection of neurotoxins in carnivorous reef fish from the coast of Cameroon, West Africa. African Journal of Marine Science 30: 533-540

Daly-Engel, T.S., R.D. Grubbs, B.W. Bowen, and R.J. Toonen (2007) Frequency of multiple paternity in an unexploited tropical population of sandbar sharks, Carcharhinus plumbeus. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 64: 198-204

Daly-Engel, T.S., R.D. Grubbs, K.N. Holland, R.J. Toonen, and B.W. Bowen (2006) Assessment of multiple paternity in single litters from three species of carcharhinid sharks in Hawaii. Environmental Biology of Fishes 76: 419-424

Duncan, K.M. and T.S. Daly-Engel (2006) Using forensic science problems as teaching tools. The Science Teacher Nov. 06: 38-43