Teresa Jablonski

Research Scientist

Research Areas

  • Population biology of estuarine dolphins
  • Marine mammal health and ecology
  • Marine mammal emergency response


  • B.S. degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology from the University of Central Florida

Professional Activities

Teresa is an integral part of the HSWRI Marine Mammal Stranding Program in Florida which is on call 24/7 to respond to whale and dolphin stranding events across nearly 40% of Florida’s east coast. Her research is focused on marine mammal health and life history, fishery interactions, and the population biology of Indian River Lagoon and Halifax River estuarine dolphins. She participated in the first comprehensive and most extensive aerial and vessel-based surveys in order to determine an accurate population size for local dolphin populations and has employed the most extensive tracking efforts for Indian River Lagoon dolphins.

Teresa Jablonski has studied the population biology, behavioral ecology and health of marine mammals for over 17 years, has published several scientific manuscripts, and is frequently an invited guest speaker at local organizations, government training sessions and outreach events. She is committed to mentoring future scientists and serves as the volunteer coordinator in Florida. Her scientific research is broad, providing vast contributions to marine mammal conservation and the rescue of dozens of dolphins, including the famed dolphin, “Winter,” of Dolphin Tale.

Selected Publications

 Greenfield M. R, Durden, W.N., Moreland, L., Jablonski, T., Fabry, A., Gemma, L. and Clifford, H. In press. Nursery groups influence juvenile associations for common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Florida. Journal of Mammalogy.

Greenfield, M., Jablonski, T., Panike, A., Rotstein, R.S., St. Leger, J., Durden, W.N. 2021. Fatal Blowhole Obstruction by Eel in Common Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Florida. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 57(4): 959-963.

Durden, W.N., Stolen, E.D., Jablonski, T., Moreland, L., Howells, E., Sleeman, A., Denny, M., Biedenback, G. and Mazzoil, M. 2021. Robust design capture-recapture analysis of abundance and demographic parameters of Indian River Lagoon common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus truncatus). Plos One PLoS ONE 16(4): e0250657

Durden, W.N., O’Corry-Crowe, G., Shippee, S., Jablonski, T., Rodgers, S. Mazzoil, M. Howells, E., Hartel, E., Potgieter, B., Londono, C., Moreland, L., Townsend, F., McCulloch, S. and Bossart, G. 2019. Small-scale movement patterns, activity budgets, and association patterns of radio-tagged Indian River Lagoon bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). Aquatic Mammals, 45(1): 66-87. doi: 10.1578/AM.45.1.2019.66

Rousselet, E., M. Stolen, W.N. Durden, T. Jablonski, N. Stacy, and D. Rotstein. 2018. Bilateral polycystic kidneys and focal renal cystadenoma in a pygmy sperm whale, Kogia breviceps. Journal of Wildlife Diseases. doi: 10.7589/2018-01-019.

Durden, W.N., E.D. Stolen, T. Jablonski, S. Puckett, and M.K. Stolen. 2017. Monitoring seasonal abundance of Indian River Lagoon bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) using aerial surveys. Aquatic Mammals.43 (1): 90-112


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