There is an increasingly greater depth of information available regarding aquatic species but unfortunately it is still quite limited when compared to domestic or terrestrial animals. While many aquatic species are maintained in progressive education based collections, there is actually a near void in our knowledge base of wild aquatic animals and their reliance on the complicated environments they inhabit. To advance the conservation of these species it is imperative to investigate disease processes and environmental changes that impact these unique animals and their watery home. Human development and competitive activities threaten the very existence of many animal species relying on finely balanced ecosystems that are easily tipped in the wrong direction. There is a vast range of research that directly and indirectly benefits aquatic animals, from invertebrates to marine mammals, as well as their environments. The aquatic animal health program at the University of Florida contributes to our better understanding and management of aquatic species through basic and applied research.
Recent Publications written or co-authored by Program Personnel:
Publication: Wahltinez, Sarah J.; Kroll, Kevin J.; Nunamaker, Elizabeth A.; Denslow, Nancy D.; Stacy, Nicole I. 2021. “Practical Euthanasia Method…
Publication: Cowart, Jonathan R., Danielle M. Collins, Daniel L. Stanton, Gerhard van der Horst, and Iskande V. Larkin. “Morphometric and…
Publication: Griffin, Emily K., Kaylie Anne Costa, Juan J. Aristizabal-Henao, Michael P. Napolitano, Margaret E. Hunter, Jason A. Ferrante, and…
Our primary grant with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission aims to "train in the care of Florida marine mammals with an emphasis on manatees". Manatee research in many areas of health and conservation is hence a key aspect of our research interests.
Many of these topics can also be found throughout our graduate student profiles.
A large part of our program initiatives involve education and training of the next generation through online learning. In order to evaluate this new approach to learning, research can provide qualitative data on new tools and technology efficacy.
We have many research projects needing support. your gift can make a big difference in finding solutions to the many issues aquatic animals are facing.