Assistant research scientist, Jonathan Mays, describes his work in reptile and amphibian research with the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.
Erin is a biostatistician with the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute where she applies statistics to a wide variety of biological conservation and management projects.
She's led many research projects throughout her career. One study she discussed was a three-year red drum spawning study that took place in the Gulf of Mexico. Great photos and video footage from the study can be seen in our video.
Danny and Gretchen Caudill share a passion for wildlife conservation and currently work together on a large scale game bird research project.
Kate loves going to sea to research harmful algal blooms and their interactions with the environment.
Russel conducts fisheries-independent research in northeastern Florida waters.
Paul Carlson has a passion for environmental science which has shown through his work at FWRI for 30 years.
Drew currently works on three major projects. He studies the biology of black crappie; evaluates recreational fishers; and tracks trophy-size bass.
Janell Brush is an avian researcher currently involved with numerous research and monitoring projects involving shorebirds and seabirds.
The head of the Harmful Algal Blooms subsection relishes the process of scientific inquiry.
Starting as a volunteer at FWRI's Marine Mammal Pathobiology
Laboratory, Matt eventually turned his focus from manatees to
microorganisms that form harmful algal blooms.
Landsberg studies diseases and events that affect the health of Florida's fish and wildlife species.
Upland Habitat scientist George Otto is living his dream of working in the environmental field.
Manuel is currently working on several habitat projects, including research on seagrass restoration that is focusing on developing restoration tools for repairing seagrass beds that have been damaged by vessel groundings and propeller scars.
Researcher Rob Ruzicka is passionate about studying coral reef communities and promoting their conservation.
Karen is an internationally respected scientist who has dedicated
part of her career to the study of dinoflagellates and harmful
algae. The scientific name of Florida's red tide organism,
, is named in her honor.
A botanist with over 20 years of experience, Kent currently focuses his research on the response of plant communities to various disturbance mechanisms.
Kim works at FWRI's Eustis field laboratory, where she is working
to establish standardized protocols for sampling freshwater fishes
in inland waters of the state.
Wes is currently working on a black bass genetics project, as well
as studies to determine if stocking hatchery-produced bass can
increase the number of fish in a population and improve the
Brandon Thompson has his dream job in fisheries biology, improving fishing opportunities for fellow anglers.
Biologist Travis Tuten studies Florida's freshwater resources.
Jim works on several projects that look at the spatial distribution
and structure of estuarine habitats as they relate to the
distribution and abundance of fish species.
Researcher Luke McEachron takes pride in marine science that benefits Floridians.
Shannon is currently working on a project to describe spatial distributions of fish communities and species across estuarine landscapes.
Angela is currently working on the Goliath grouper cooperative research project, which is investigating abundance and distribution of goliath grouper within the offshore waters of the central eastern Gulf of Mexico.
Crawford's work sheds light on the health of Florida's stone crab populations while satisfying his curiosity.
Bob developed and runs the Marine Fisheries-Independent Monitoring program, which assesses the status of fish populations from numerous estuarine systems throughout Florida.
Gregg is currently involved with research on the endangered smalltooth sawfish.
The Fisheries-Dependent Monitoring scientist directs several projects that collect important information about Florida's recreational marine fisheries.
Learn more about Sarah and her current research on bay scallops.
Ron is the program coordinator for snook in the state of Florida.
Mike Tringali is a geneticist by day, championship softball coach by night.
Learn more about Sarah and her current research on spotted seatrout and redfish.
Based out of FWRI's Stock Enhancement Research Facility (SERF) in
Port Manatee, Chris is the director of the stock enhancement
program and SERF.
Gil McRae is the current Director of the FWC Fish and Wildlife
Andy manages the Marine Mammal Pathobiology Laboratory (MMPL) and
coordinates staff at the MMPL in responding to live and dead marine
mammal strandings and necropsy. He also serves as Florida's manatee
Small and vulnerable populations of mice and bats fascinate Jeff Gore, working from his home base in the FWC's Northwest Regional Office in Panama City.
Katie Jackson studies the endangered North Atlantic right whale.
Retired after more than 30 years as a wildlife biologist, Paul is still pursuing his passion as a volunteer in the Gainesville research lab.
After more than three decades with the agency, Jim still enjoys studying birds in their natural habitats as much as ever.
Travis Thomas traps turtles that tip the scale at more than 100 pounds.
Brandon Bassett is a marine mammal biologist at FWRI's Marine Mammal Pathobiology Laboratory in St. Petersburg, FL. Our latest staff spotlight video goes into more detail about Brandon's career and his professional achievements.