Crawford's work sheds light on the health of Florida's stone crab populations while satisfying his curiosity.
The head of the Harmful Algal Blooms subsection relishes the process of scientific inquiry.
Starting as a volunteer at FWRI's Marine Mammal Pathobiology
Laboratory, Matt eventually turned his focus from manatees to
microorganisms that form harmful algal blooms.
Manuel is currently working on several habitat projects, including research on seagrass restoration that is focusing on developing restoration tools for repairing seagrass beds that have been damaged by vessel groundings and propeller scars.
Researcher Rob Ruzicka is passionate about studying coral reef communities and promoting their conservation.
Karen is an internationally respected scientist who has dedicated
part of her career to the study of dinoflagellates and harmful
algae. The scientific name of Florida's red tide organism,
, is named in her honor.
A botanist with over 20 years of experience, Kent currently focuses his research on the response of plant communities to various disturbance mechanisms.
Kim works at FWRI's Eustis field laboratory, where she is working
to establish standardized protocols for sampling freshwater fishes
in inland waters of the state.
Eric works out of the Gainesville Fisheries Office, where he is
involved in several freshwater fisheries projects including the
development of a protocol to monitor the current status and future
trends of sport fisheries and associated fish communities in
Travis Thomas traps turtles that tip the scale at more than 100 pounds.
Wes is currently working on a black bass genetics project, as well
as studies to determine if stocking hatchery-produced bass can
increase the number of fish in a population and improve the
Brandon Thompson has his dream job in fisheries biology, improving fishing opportunities for fellow anglers.
Jim works on several projects that look at the spatial distribution
and structure of estuarine habitats as they relate to the
distribution and abundance of fish species.
Joan is FWRI's Curator of Collections. She oversees a vast
reference collection of preserved biological specimens and
associated ecological databases.
Researcher Luke McEachron takes pride in marine science that benefits Floridians.
Shannon is currently working on a project to describe spatial distributions of fish communities and species across estuarine landscapes.
Luiz oversees FWRI's Marine Fisheries Research section, a $15
million program centered in St. Petersburg and distributed in seven
field labs around the state.
Angela is currently working on the Goliath grouper cooperative
research project, which is investigating abundance and distribution
of goliath grouper within the offshore waters of the central
eastern Gulf of Mexico.
Bob developed and runs the Marine Fisheries-Independent Monitoring
progrom, which assesses the status of fish populations from
numerous estuarine systems throughout Florida.
Gregg is currently involved with research on the endangered
Learn more about Sarah and her current research on bay scallops.
Ron is the program coordinator for snook in the state of Florida.
Mike Tringali is a geneticist by day, championship softball coach by night.
Learn more about Sarah and her current research on spotted seatrout
Based out of FWRI's Stock Enhancement Research Facility (SERF) in
Port Manatee, Chris is the director of the stock enhancement
program and SERF.
Ann's role at FWRI is to ensure that FWRI's research activities
work together with and support management goals.
Gil McRae is the current Director of the FWC Fish and Wildlife
For traveling researcher Anna Fasoli, bird watching is a hobby and a career.
Andy manages the Marine Mammal Pathobiology Laboratory (MMPL) and
coordinates staff at the MMPL in responding to live and dead marine
mammal strandings and necropsy. He also serves as Florida's manatee
Small and vulnerable populations of mice and bats fascinate Jeff Gore, working from his home base in the FWC's Northwest Regional Office in Panama City.
Retired after more than 30 years as a wildlife biologist, Paul is
still pursuing his passion as a volunteer in the Gainesville
After more than three decades with the agency, Jim still enjoys studying birds in their natural habitats as much as ever.