Fish and Wildlife Research Institute


Research Spotlight

Journey into the field with our researchers and learn about some of FWRI's current research projects.

Documenting a Journey

Tracking young sea turtles

Operation Restoration

Rebuilding Florida from the ground up

Right Whale Research and Disentanglement

FWC Researchers study and rescue the North Atlantic Right Whale.

Statewide Wild Turkey Relative Abundance and Distribution Assessment Mapping Application

Researchers created a statewide wild turkey distribution and relative abundance map model - now available online.

Surveying Juvenile Fish Populations in the Florida Keys

FWC researchers in the Florida Keys use several methods to conduct surveys on fish populations. One method is seining, which focuses on the juvenile stage of these fishes lives.

Coastal Wetlands

This spotlight highlights coastal acidification research in Tampa Bay and vegetation monitoring at Clam Bayou.

Side-scan Sonar

Scientists in the fisheries-independent monitoring program use cameras and sonars to survey marine environments.

Studying Algae Down to the Molecule

Scientists use a variety of technologies to study harmful algal blooms.

Coyotes: Opportunistic Omnivores

Researchers study the diets of coyotes in different habitats to analyze what they eat.

Keeping up with Imperiled Freshwater Snails

The Freshwater Invertebrate Resource Assessment and Research Unit conducts research on Floridobia species.

Mapping and Monitoring Seagrass

Researchers at FWRI work with a variety of institutions across the state to monitor seagrass health.

Evaluating the influence of the TrophyCatch program

Researchers identify need for American oystercatcher habitat restoration

Restoring oyster-reef habitat critical to conservation of this threatened shorebird species.

Monitoring North Florida’s Natural Resources

Researchers are strategically located in the Jacksonville area to study marine mammals, marine turtles and marine fisheries.

Small Freshwater Fish Darting Out of Sight in Florida

Study on the southern tessellated darter will lay the groundwork for conservation of this species in North-Central Florida.

Study Helping Water Managers Strike a Balance

Biologists help managers determine minimum flows and levels for freshwater bodies that serve the public's demand for freshwater resources, while safeguarding these aquatic habitats.

Capturing Catch-and-Release Numbers

Researchers collect detailed information on caught-and-released reef fish and evaluate survival under various conditions.

Objectives-Based Vegetation Monitoring: Home Security for Florida's Wildlife

Researchers study how Florida's vegetation responds to specific land management actions.

Looking out for Deadly Disease Outbreaks

Biologists conducted a project to monitor Florida’s bats and amphibians for signs of deadly disease outbreaks or the pathogens that cause them.

Getting to the Bottom of Stone Crab Population Trends

Researchers are conducting a long-term fishery-independent monitoring program to better understand stone crab population dynamics in Florida.

"Dinosaur of Turtles" Proves to be Weighty Subject of Study

Biologists are working to learn more about Suwannee River alligator snapping turtles and provide the first estimate of this potentially distinct population.

Uncovering a New Bonefish Species Through DNA

While studying two bonefish species in the Florida Keys, researchers discovered a third physically and genetically unique species.

January 2010 Cold-Water Event Damages Florida Patch Reefs

Study results suggest this was the worst cold-related coral mortality on record.

Conditioning Hatchery Largemouth Bass for Survival

Project Maps Location and Coral Cover of Florida Keys’ Patch Reefs

To learn more about their status, researchers are mapping patch reefs in the Upper, Middle and Lower Florida Keys to determine their coral cover.

Loss of Habitat Spells Trouble for Kestrel

Disappearing sandhill habitat is impacting survival of the threatened southeastern American kestrel.

Pyrodinium bahamense: A Toxic Threat in Tampa Bay

FWRI researchers routinely monitor blooms of Pyrodinium bahamense in the Tampa Bay area.

Fewer Florida Grasshopper Sparrows are Home on the Range

Researchers study the endangered sparrow and its habitat to provide data to aid recovery efforts.

Tracking the Wild Turkey

January/February 2011

Keeping Their Eyes on Bay Scallops

Researchers monitor the health of Florida's bay scallop populations.

Investigating Cave Crayfish

May/June 2011

What Fuels Florida Red Tide?

September/October 2011

2010 Research Spotlight Archive

Read past Research Spotlight articles released during 2010.

2009 Research Spotlight Archive

Read past Research Spotlight articles released during 2009.
All files are in PDF format.

2008 Research Spotlight Archive

Read past Research Spotlight articles released during 2008.
All files are in PDF format.

2007 Research Spotlight Archive

Read past Research Spotlight articles released during 2007.
All files are in PDF format.

FWC Facts:
The star coral may live for several centuries and grow to the size of an automobile. Its growth rate ranges from about 1/4 inch to 3/4 inch of yearly outward expansion.

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