Jonathan Cowart

Jonathan award
PhD student Jonathan Cowart receiving the Reep-Bonde award for his research efforts in manatee conservation.

Jonathan is a PhD student in the Aquatic Animal Health Program whose research focuses on studying the reproductive physiology of male Florida manatees. His research encompasses multiple aspects including reproductive histology, basic semen analysis, and structural sperm analysis, all of which helps further our understanding of the biology of the Florida manatee. He has been able to accomplish some aspects of his research using a state of the art computer aided sperm analysis system, which was afforded through a generous funding award received from the College of Veterinary Medicine. Jonathan’s research accomplishments include the Reep-Bonde Prize for his research on manatee biology as well as the Excellence in Doctoral Research Award from the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Cowart with collaborator
PhD student Jonathan Cowart and Professor Gerhard van der Horst examining histological preparations of the reproductive tract of male rock hyrax. Done in collaboration between UF AAH and University of the Western Cape, South Africa.

Jonathan’s research has been built on a solid foundation of multiple collaborations established with other faculty and institutions including Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Puerto Rico Manatee Conservation Center, University of Pittsburgh, and University of the Western Cape in South Africa.

Cowart research
Field excursion to study the reproductive anatomy and physiology of male rock hyrax in Carnarvon, South Africa

Jonathan has defended and passed his PhD. He will be continuing as a post doc in the program.

For more information about his research, please contact Jonathan.

Jonathan Cowart presenting his research during one of the Aquatic Animal Health Seminar Series Lectures.




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