Megan K. Stolen, M.S.

Research Scientist


Major Research Areas

Marine Mammal Life History and Conservation


  • M.S., Biology, University of Central Florida
  • B.S., Biology, University of Central Florida

Current Research

Marine Mammal Rescue

University Affiliations

  • Visiting Researcher, Department of Biology, University of California at San Diego;
  • Adjunct Professor, Marine and Environmental Studies Program, University of San Diego;
  • Adjunct Lecturer, San Diego State University

Megan came to the Institute in 1999 after completing her degrees at the University of Central Florida. Megan serves as a coordinator for
stranded whales and dolphins along the beaches of east central Florida.

The focus of her research is on stranded whales and dolphins particularly dolphins of the Indian River Lagoon system. She also
directs research in the Institute’s laboratory for life history research. Her expertise involves using teeth to estimate the ages of
individual whales and dolphins. Other research interests include: pathology and disease occurrence, growth and population modeling, and identification and study of harmful human interactions with coastal cetaceans.

Selected Publications

In press    Fauquier, D.A., Kinsel, M.J., Dailey, M.D. , Sutton, G.E.,Barros, N.B.,
Stolen, M.K., Wells, R.S., Gulland, F.M.D. Prevalence, pathology, and evidence of transplacental transfer of lungworm (Halocercus sp.) infection in bottlenose dolphins from southwest Florida. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms.

In press  McFee, W.E., J.H. Schwacke, L.H. Schwacke, M.K. Stolen, K.D. Mullin. Investigation of growth phases for bottlenose dolphins using a Bayesian
modeling approach. Marine Mammal Science.

2009    Durden, W.N., M.K. Stolen, J. St. Leger . Lacaziosis in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Indian River Lagoon, Florida, USA. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 45: 849-856.

2009    S. E. Fire , Z. Wang, T. A. Leighfield, S. L. Morton, W. E. McFee, W. A. McLellan , R. W. Litaker , P. A. Tester , A. A. Hohn , G. Lovewell , C. Harms, D. S. Rotstein, S. G. Barco, A. Costidis, B. Sheppard, G. D. Bossart, M. Stolen, W. N. Durden and F. M.Van Dolah. Evidence of domoic acid exposure in pygmy and dwarf sperm whales (Kogia spp.) from southeastern U.S. waters. Harmful Algae 8: 658-664.

2007    Durden, W.N.., M.K. Stolen, D.H. Adams, and E.D. Stolen. Mercury and selenium concentrations in stranded bottlenose dolphins from the Indian River Lagoon system, Florida. Bulletin of Marine Science
81(1): 37-54.

2007    Bossart, G.D., L. Hansen, J.D. Goldstein, D. Kilpatrick, S. Bechdel, E. Howells, K. Kroell, M. de Sieyes, M.K. Stolen, W. N. Durden, J.S. Reif, R.H. Defran, S. D. McCulloch. Pathological findings in a rare mass stranding of melon-headed whales (Peponocephala electra) in
Florida. Aquatic Mammals 33(2): 235-240.

2007    Stolen, M.K., W.N. Durden, and D.K. Odell. Historical synthesis of bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) stranding data in the Indian River Lagoon system, Florida, from 1977-2005. Florida Scientist 70(1):45-54.

2004    Struntz, W.D.J., J.R. Kucklick, M.M. Schantz, P.R. Becker, W.E. McFee, M.K. Stolen. Persistent organic pollutants in rough-toothed dolphins (Steno bredanensis) sampled during an unusual mass stranding event. Marine Pollution Bulletin 48:164-192.

2003    Stolen, M.K. and J. Barlow.  A model life table for bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) from the Indian River Lagoon system of East Florida. Marine Mammal Science 19 (4): 630-649.

2002  Stolen, M.K., D.K. Odell, and N.B. Barros. Growth of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) from the Indian River Lagoon system, East Florida, USA. Marine Mammal Science 18(2): 348-357.


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