Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

Staff Spotlight

Have you ever wanted to interview a scientist without quite knowing where to start? Have you ever wanted to find out about the schooling and experience that a researcher has? Now you can!



Fisheries Dependent Monitoring: Charlie Gardner

Charlie Gardner, a staff member in our Fisheries-Dependent Monitoring (FDM) Program, shares his purpose and passion as a field research biologist for the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. Charlie has served the FWC for almost 20 years, and has worked to create strong bonds with Florida's local fishermen.

Wildlife Research: Brandon Bassett

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.

Wildlife Research: Jonathan Mays

Assistant research scientist, Jonathan Mays, describes his work in reptile and amphibian research with the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.

Information Science and Management: Erin Leone

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.

Marine Fisheries Research: Dr. Susan Lowerre-Barbieri

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.

Ecosystem Assessment and Restoration: Kate Hubbard

Kate loves going to sea to research harmful algal blooms and their interactions with the environment.

Marine Fisheries Research: Russel Brodie

Russel conducts fisheries-independent research in northeastern Florida waters.

Ecosystem Assessment and Restoration: Paul Carlson

Paul Carlson has a passion for environmental science which has shown through his work at FWRI for 30 years.

Freshwater Fisheries Research: Drew Dutterer

Drew currently works on three major projects. He studies the biology of black crappie; evaluates recreational fishers; and tracks trophy-size bass.

Wildlife Research: Janell Brush

Janell Brush is an avian researcher currently involved with numerous research and monitoring projects involving shorebirds and seabirds.

Ecosystem Assessment and Restoration: Karen A. Steidinger

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, Karenia brevis, is named in her honor.


FWC Facts:
The average Florida manatee is about 10 ft. long and close to 1,200 lbs. They can reach up to 13 ft. and 3,500 lbs. Calves are 3-4 ft. long & weigh 60-70 lbs. at birth.

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