Leanne Flewelling

Research Administrator II

Leanne FlewellingName
Leanne Flewelling

Position
Research Administrator II

Section
Ecosystem Assessment and Restoration – Harmful Algal Blooms, Fish and Wildlife Health

Education
B.A. Philosophy, University of Massachusetts at Boston
M.S. Environmental Sciences, University of Massachusetts at Boston
Ph.D. Marine Science, University of South Florida

Research Interests
Production of algal toxins by multiple species of phytoplankton found in Florida waters, persistence of algal toxins in the environment, impacts of algal toxins on fish and wildlife

Current Activity
I direct the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) Harmful Algal Bloom Research and Fish and Wildlife Health Research subsections, ensuring that programs within the subsections address priorities and meet the goals and objectives of the FWC and FWRI. I oversee regulatory shellfish sample analyses in support of shellfish management by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Aquaculture and coordinate biotoxin-related research projects. My primary project is to update and improve the methods used by the state for regulatory shellfish analyses.

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