From the beach mouse to the right whale, Florida is home to a wide array of wildlife species. Biologists with the Wildlife Research section monitor the status of Florida’s birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. This includes species important to hunters such as deer, alligator and waterfowl, and imperiled species such as the Florida panther and the Florida manatee. Wildlife managers rely on the information this research provides to develop conservation and restoration plans that ensure the long-term sustainability of Florida’s wildlife populations.
Robin Boughton, Section Leader
FY 2022-2023 Budget: $37,929,063
Researchers provide data on the life history, population biology and ecology of Florida’s bird species to aid managers in developing conservation plans and to assist recovery efforts.
Andrew Cox, Andrew.Cox@MyFWC.com
Researchers focus on key topics, from population and risk assessment to behavioral ecology, to inform and help guide manatee and right whale conservation and recovery planning. The program coordinates statewide manatee rescues and participates in marine mammal stranding networks.
Leslie Ward-Geiger, Leslie.Ward@MyFWC.com
Researchers investigate the life history, population biology, ecology, behavior and migrations of sea turtles to guide conservation and recovery planning. The program also coordinates daily surveys of sea turtle nesting beaches statewide and coordinates documentation (including rescue when needed) of all dead, sick, or injured sea turtles that are found in Florida.
Allen Foley, Allen.Foley@MyFWC.com
Researchers investigate the natural history, population biology, ecology and behavior of land-based mammals, providing current scientific information necessary for maintaining viable populations of Florida’s native mammals.
Elizabeth Braun de Torrez, Elizabeth.Braun@MyFWC.com