Manatee Research Since the 1970s

Surveys and research of manatee populations since the 1970s. HSWRI’s Melbourne Beach facility currently hosts the east coast manatee rescue team for Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Selected Publications:

Alves-Stanley, C.D. and G.A.J. Worthy. Carbon and nitrogen turnover rates and diet-tissue discrimination in Florida manatees (Trichechus manatus latirostris). The Journal of Experimental Biology. 212:2349-2355. 2009.

Alves-Stanley, C.D. and G.A.J. Worthy. Feeding preferences of the West Indian manatee in Florida, Belize and Puerto Rico, as indicated by stable isotope analysis. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 402:255-267. 2010.

Courbis, S.S. and G.A.J. Worthy. Opportunistic rather than incidental carnivory by Florida manatees (Trichechus manatus latirostris)?. Aquatic Mammals. 29:104-107. 2003.

Fire S.E., L.J. Flewelling, M. Stolen, W.N. Durden, M. de Wit, A.C. Spellman and Z. Wang. Brevetoxin-associated mass mortality event of bottlenose dolphins and manatees along the east coast of Florida. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 526:241-251. 2015.

Jaffe, J., F. Simonet, P.L. Roberts, and A.E. Bowles. Measurement of the acoustic reflectivity of Sirenia (Florida Manatees) at 171 kHz. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 121(1): 158-165. 2007.

Leatherwood, S. Aerial Survey of Bottlenosed Dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, and the West Indian Manatees, Trichechus manatus, in Indian and Banana Rivers, Florida. Fish. Bull. 77(1): 47-59. 1979.

Odell, D.K. Sirenia Life History. Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals. Academic Press, San Diego, CA. 2002.

Ortiz, R.M. and G.A.J. Worthy. Could lower body fat mass contribute to cold-water susceptibility in calves of the West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus)?. Marine Mammal Science. 20:176-183. 2004.