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Manatee - Sirenia Project


The Centerīs Sirenia Project conducts long-term, detailed studies on the life history, population dynamics, and ecological requirements of the West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus). Sirenia Project biologists work cooperatively with federal and state researchers and managers on research identified as essential for the recovery of the species.

Current Research

dot icon Released Manatees Being Monitored at Great Harbour Cay, The Bahamas

dot icon Conserving Manatees Beyond Borders

dot icon Supporting Manatee Recovery

dot icon Florida Manatees and Everglades Hydrology

dot icon Manatee Conservation in Belize

dot icon Using Genetic Modeling to Assess the Health and Status of Manatee Populations

dot icon Team Manatee: A Community Working Together to Assess and Protect Manatee Health and Habitat

dot icon Monitoring Manatee Health at Crystal River, Florida

dot icon Manatee Population Ecology and Management Workshop Proceedings

dot icon SESC Conservation Genetics - Manatees

dot icon USGS Conservation Genetics - Mammals


Use of Argos-linked GPS Tags To Document Specific Habitat Use Patterns of Manatees in Eastern Puerto Rico (poster presentation)

Sirenia Project Online Bibliography

Sirenian Bibliography - Domning (leaving USGS)

Manatee Information Sheet

Posters | Archive Posters

Photo Gallery | Adobe Flash Movie

Sirenia Staff

    Contact information:
    SESC | Sirenia Project
    7920 NW 71st Street
    Gainesville, FL 32653
    Tel: 352-378-8181
    Fax: 352-378-4956

Recent Publications

Tighe, R.L., R.K. Bonde and J.P Avery. 2016. Seasonal response of ghrelin, growth hormone, and insulin-like growth factor I in the free-ranging Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris). Mammalian Biology 18:247-254. DOI: 10.1016/j.mambio.2016.02.006. [Journal Article]
Martin, J., Q. Sabatier, T.A. Gowan, C. Giruad, E. Gurerie, C.S. Calleson, J.G Ortega-Ortiz, C.J. Deutsch, A. Rycyk and S.M. Koslovsky. 2015. A quantitative framework for investigating risk of deadly collisions between marine wildlife and boats. Methods in Ecology and Evolution (Online Library). DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12447 [Journal Abstract]
Martin, J., Edwards, Fonnesbeck, C., Koslovsky, S., Harmak, C., Dane, T. (2015). Combining information for monitoring at large spatial scales: first statewide abundance estimate of the Florida manatee. Biological Conservation, 186, 44-51. [Journal Abstract]
Runge, M.C., Langtimm, C.A., Martin, Julien, and Fonnesbeck, C.J., 2015, Status and threats analysis for the Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris), 2012: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015-1083, 23 p. [OFR Abstract]
Walsh, C.J., M. Butawan, J. Yordy, R. Ball, L. Flewelling, M. deWit, and R.K. Bonde. 2015. Sublethal red tide toxin exposure in free-ranging manatees (Trichechus manatus) affects the immune system through reduced lymphocyteproliferation responses, inflammation, and oxidative stress. Aquatic Toxicology 161:73-84.
Bonde, R.K. 2014. Manatee research on the Florida manatee: four decades and continuing. Article in Portuguese. Revista ABORDO, Projeto Viva o Peixe-Boi Marinho, Edicao 4:16-17. [Website]
Merson, S.D., D. Ouwerkerk, L-M. Gulino, A. Klieve, R.K. Bonde, E.A. Burges and J.M. Lanyon. 2014. Variation in the hindgut microbial communities of the Florida Manatee, Trichechus manatus latirostris over winter in Crystal River, Florida. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 87(3):601-615. DOI: 10.111/1574-6941.12248.
Hunter, ME. 2013. The Silent Threat: Manatees, Genetic Diversity, and Caribbean Conservation. Livebetter Magazine, Issue 32. [Article]
Siegal-Willott, J.L., K.E. Harr, J.O. Hall, L.C. Hayek, N. Auil-Gomez, J.A. Powell, R.K. Bonde and D.H. Heard. 2013. Blood mineral concentrations in manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris and Trichechus manatus manatus). Journal Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 44(2):285-294.
Drew, C.A., L.B. Alexander-Vaughn, J.P. Reid, D.H. Slone and J.A. Collazo. 2012. Science Summary and Recommendations in Support of Manatee Protection Area (MPA) Design in Puerto Rico. Final Report to United States Fish and Wildlife Service Caribbean Field Office. 66 pp.

Sirenia Project Online Bibliography


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