UF Aquatic Animal Health Program Seminar Series

We host a monthly aquatics seminar series, typically on a Thursday during each month of the fall and spring semesters. Seminars often take place in lecture halls on the UF College of Veterinary Medicine campus but are also offered remotely through Zoom. A list of previous speakers and topics is below and recording links are provided when available.

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Previous Seminars

Spring 2024 Seminar Series

Fall 2023 Seminar Series

  • August 31st – Dr. Lawrence Wood – “Managing Long Term Wellness in Captive Sea Turtles”
  • September 21st – Cora Berchem –Manatee Research at Blue Spring State Park
  • October 26th- Dr. Stacy DiRocco- “Seal Cruisin: Field Capture and Immobilization of Arctic Pinnipeds”
  • December 7th- Dr. Elliot Jacobson- “Health Problems in Marine Turtles”
  • December 14th- Dr. Craig Harms- “Sea Turtle Pharmacology”

Spring 2023 Seminar Series

  • March 3rd – Cora Berchem – Manatee Conservation Issues in Crystal River
  • March 9th – Emily Griffin, PhD(c) – “Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Aquatic Abiotic and Biotic Matrices and Tools to Assess Their Subsequent Impact on Environmental Health”
  • April 4th – Kaylie Anne Costa, PhD(c) – “Investigating the Sublethal Impacts of Environmental Stressors on Reef Building Corals” 

Fall 2022 Seminar Series

Spring 2022 Seminar Series

  • March 3rd  – Jessica Jacob, PhD – “Marine Mammal Virology”
  • March 10th – Tatiana Weisbrod, DVM, MS – “Parasites of the Florida Manatee”
  • March 14th – Iske Larkin, PhD and Jonathan Cowart, PhD – “Florida Manatee Reproduction and Behavior”
  • March 24th – Alissa Deming, DVM, MS, PhD – “Pinniped Disease, Stranding Response, and Necropsy”
  • April 7th – Robert Ossiboff, DVM, PhD, DACVP – “The Role of the Skin in Amphibian Physiology, Extinction, and Conservation”

Fall 2021 Seminar Series

  • September 16th  – Maite De Maria Mulet, PhD – “Harmful Algal Blooms, Glyphosate Exposure, and Immune Consequences”
  • September 30th – Amanda Ardente, DVM, PhD – “Nutritional Management of Marine Mammal Under Human Care”
  • November 4th – Todd Osborne, PhD – Environmental Conditions Leading to the Current Manatee Crisis in the Indian River Lagoon
  • December 8th – Dara Orbach, PhD – “Functional Diversity of Marine Mammal Genitalia”

Spring 2021 Seminar Series

Fall 2020 Seminar Series

Spring 2020 Seminar Series

  • January 23rd  – Sofia Danford – “Comparison of different fixation and staining techniques on the morphometric assessment of Florida manatees”
  • January 23rd – Natalie Stephens – “Histomorphometric analysis of the accessory sex glands in male Florida manatees”
  • February 13thSea of Shadows screening event and a Q&A session with Dr. Randy Wells, PhD – No recording available
  • February 27th– Oscar Wahltinez – “Data Preparation and Feature Engineering”

Fall 2019 Seminar Series

Spring 2019 Seminar Series

Fall 2018 Seminar Series

  • August 23rd – Don Behringer, PhD – “Conservation and Restoration in Aquatic Ecosystems”
  • September 20th – Robert Ossiboff, DVM – “Correlating Pathology and Clinical Disease in Amphibians”
  • November 15th – Jonathan Cowart, PhD candidate – “New insights into the reproductive physiology of male West Indian manatees” – No recording available

Spring 2018 Seminar Series

Fall 2017 Seminar Series

  • September 28th – David Rotstein, DVM “Manatee Pathologic Findings from A to Z”
  • October 5th – Aristide Takoukam, PhD(c) “African Manatee Conservation Efforts in Cameroon Central Africa”
  • November 30th – Megan Stolen, MS “Understanding U.S. Fishery Interactions with Marine Mammals” Click here to watch a video recording of Megan Stolen’s lecture

Spring 2017 Seminar Series

Fall 2016 Seminar Series

Spring 2016 Seminar Series

Fall 2015 Seminar Series

Spring 2015 Seminar Series

Fall 2014 Seminar Series

Spring 2014 Seminar Series

Fall 2013 Seminar Series

Spring 2013 Seminar Series

Fall 2012 Seminar Series

Spring 2012 Seminar Series

  • Jan 18th – Thomas O’Shea, PhDHistorical Overview of Florida Manatee Research and Conservation: A background to contemporary issues, responsibilities, and directions
  • Jan 23rd – Rick Linnehan, DVMFrom the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program to NASA: My experiences as a veterinarian
  • Feb 15th – Joe Geraci, DVMMarine Mammal Conservation Medicine: 40 years of studies and stories” – Click here to watch a video recording of Dr. Geraci’s lecture
  • Feb 16th – Dawda Saine “West African Manatees in the Republic of The Gambia” – Click here to watch a video recording of Dawda Saine’s lecture
  • Mar 28th – Holly Edwards, PhD Assessing Manatee Distribution and Abundance from Aerial Surveys

Fall 2011 Seminar Series

  • Sept 28th – Chip Deutsch, PhDManatee Movements Across Multiple Scales of Space and Time: Insights gained through satellite-linked telemetry
  • Oct 26th – Gordon Bauer, PhDSensory Perception in the Florida Manatee
  • Nov 2nd – Meghan Bills, MSDescription of the Chemical Senses of the Florida Manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris) in Relation to Reproduction
  • Dec 6th – Lara Hortsmann-Dehn, PhDArtic Tales of Seals and Whales

Spring 2011 Seminar Series

  • Jan 26th – Lucy Keith West African Manatee Research
  • Feb 9th – Craig Pelton, DVM An overview of oiled sea turtle rehabilitation in Louisiana
  • Mar 2nd – Lydia Staggs, DVM 2010: The year of the sea turtle
  • Apr 13th – Jonna Mazet, DVM, MPVM, PhD One Health in an Academic Environment: Responding to wildlife health issues at the human-animal-environment interface

Fall 2010 Seminar Series

  • Sept 22nd – Mike Walsh, DVM Sedation Development for Intervention of Severely Entangled Right Whales: How clinical applications contribute to wildlife conservation
  • Oct 20th – Sharon Deem, DVM, PhD, DACZM Challenges and Opportunities for Global Conservation Medicine“.
  • Nov 3rd – Mark Flint, BVSc, MApplSc, MPhil, PhD Conservation of Australia’s Shores: Sea Turtle Research“.
  • Dec 2nd Terry Norton, DVM The Georgia Sea Turtle Center: Rehabilitation, research, education, and conservation

Spring 2010 Seminar Series

  • Jan 27th – Carmen Colitz, DVM, PhD, DACVO “Common Ophthalmic Problems in Marine Mammals
  • Feb 17th – Micah Brodsky, VMD “How not to get a job in the wildlife field: Right experience, wrong choices
  • April 7th – Don Samuelson, PhD “Visual Systems of Marine Mammals”

Fall 2009 Seminar Series

  • Sept 9th – Heather Hamlin, PhD Nitrate in Aquaculture
  • Sept 16th – Buddy Powell, PhD “Manatee Research and Conservation in Cuba
  • Nov 4th – Brian Stacy, DVM, DAVCP, PhD “Trouble in the Land of the Bandit Queen: Investigation of gharial mortality in India
  • Dec 2nd – Milton Levin, MS, PhD Aquatic Immunotoxicology: What have we learned?

Spring 2009 Seminar Series

  • Jan 14th – Scott Citino, DVM (White Oak Conservation Center/ Gilman International Conservation), Mark Davis, DVM and Paul Reillo, PhD (both from Rare Species Conservatory Foundation) “Repatriation and recovery of Kenya’s Mountain Bongo Antelope
  • March 18th – Laurie Gage, DVM Medical insights from a USDA veterinarian: Pinnipeds, Cats and other Exotic Species
  • March 18th – Janet Whaley, DVM Marine Mammal Rescue 911 – An overview of the NOAA Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program
  • April 1st – Don Behringer, PhD “The epidemiology and ecological relevancy of a novel disease in the Caribbean spiny lobster
  • April 29th – Chris Torno, DVM, MS Cetacean Stranding Response in the  Philippines

Fall 2008 Seminar Series

  • Oct 7th – Ramiro Isaza, DVM, MS   “Elephants: A new aquatic species?
  • Nov 4th – Ray Davis, BS A lifetime of innovation in the aquarium industry
  • Dec 2nd – Andy Kane, PhD Environmental Mycobacteria: Fish tell part of the story

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