2011 Population Dynamics (of SDRP staff and students)

Jan 17, 2012 No comments By


Mirroring the stability of the Sarasota Bay resident dolphin community, most of the staff members of the SDRP have been with the program for at least 8 years. We did see a few changes this year.

Gene Stover at the wheel.

Gene Stover at the wheel.

Operations Specialist Gene Stover retired after many years of dedicated and much-appreciated service as a volunteer and part-time CZS employee (but he promises to continue to help with rescues as needed).

Gene and his son Jeff Stover

Gene and his son Jeff Stover (left) and Stan Balmer prepare to release a dolphin during May 2011 health assessments.

Brian Balmer completed his PhD at UNCW, and returned to Sarasota full-time as a post-doc with the program, along with long-time SDRP collaborator and new Mote Marine Lab post-doc Jennifer Yordy. Lab Manager Jason Allen announced his engagement to Mote Development Officer Stacy Alexander.


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Randall Wells, PhD, is the Director of the Chicago Zoological Society’s Sarasota Dolphin Research Program (SDRP). He began studying bottlenose dolphins in Sarasota as a high school volunteer at Mote Marine Laboratory in 1970. He received his BA in Zoology from the University of South Florida in 1975, a Master’s in Zoology from the University of Florida in 1978, a PhD in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1986, and a Post-doctoral Fellowship in Biology from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in 1987. Employed by the Chicago Zoological Society since 1989, he is a Senior Conservation Scientist, and in this capacity he also manages Mote Marine Laboratory’s Dolphin Research Program. As a Professor of Ocean Sciences (adjunct) at the University of California, Santa Cruz, he serves as major advisor for MS and PhD students, and he is an adjunct Professor with the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, Duke University, and the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Wells was President of the Society for Marine Mammalogy (2010-2012).
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