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Manatee - Sirenia Project



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The Center´s 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 Conservation Genetics - Manatees

Outreach


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

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.
Bonde, R.K., A. Garrett, M. Berlanger, N. Askin, L. Tan and C. Wittnich. 2012. Biomedical health assessments of the Florida manatee in Crystal River - providing opportunities for training during the capture, handling, and processing of this unique aquatic mammal. Journal of Marine Animals and Their Ecology 5(2):17-28. [Journal Article]
Castelblanco-Martínez, D. N., Padilla-Saldívar, J., Hernández-Arana, H. A., Slone, D. H., Reid, J. P., & Morales-Vela, B. (2013). Movement patterns of Antillean manatees in Chetumal Bay (Mexico) and coastal Belize: A challenge for regional conservation. Marine Mammal Science, 29(2), E166–E182. doi:10.1111/j.1748-7692.2012.00602.x.
Slone DH, Reid JP, Kenworthy WJ (2013) Mapping spatial resources with GPS animal telemetry: foraging manatees locate seagrass beds in the Ten Thousand Islands, Florida, USA. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 476:285-299. [Journal Abstract]
Tucker, K.P., M.E. Hunter, R.K. Bonde, J.D. Austin, A.M. Clark, C.A. Beck, P.M. McGuire and M.K. Oli. 2012. Low genetic diversity and minimal population substructure in the endangered Florida manatee: implications for conservation. Journal of Mammalogy 93(6):1504-1511.

Sirenia Project Online Bibliography

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