Randall Wells, Director & Chairman

2020-09-28T11:53:19+00:00

Randall Wells, Ph.D. Director Wells is also Chairman of the Board of the Dolphin Biology Research Institute, (DBRI) a Sarasota-based 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation established in 1982 to provide logistical support to the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program with research vessels, towing vehicles, computers, cameras, field equipment, etc., and serves as the DBRI Treasurer.

Blair Irvine, Vice President of the Board

2020-09-28T12:00:21+00:00

Blair Irvine, Ph.D. Vice President of the Board The Dolphin Biology Research Institute is a Sarasota-based 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation established in 1982 to provide logistical support to the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program with research vessels, towing vehicles, computers, cameras, field equipment, etc.

Michael Scott, Secretary of the Board

2020-09-30T15:14:25+00:00

Michael Scott, Ph.D. Secretary of the Board The Dolphin Biology Research Institute is a Sarasota-based 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation established in 1982 to provide logistical support to the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program with research vessels, towing vehicles, computers, cameras, field equipment, etc. Michael Scott began his career studying dolphin communication as a graduate

Katherine A. McHugh, Staff Scientist

2020-09-26T14:58:39+00:00

Katherine A. McHugh, Ph.D. Staff Scientist Dr. Katherine (Katie) McHugh is a staff scientist employed by the Chicago Zoological Society and based at Mote Marine Laboratory as part of the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program (SDRP), a partnership to engage in dolphin research, education, and conservation action. Katie began studying wild dolphins with the

Reny B. Tyson Moore, Staff Scientist

2020-09-26T15:52:06+00:00

Reny B. Tyson Moore, Ph.D. Staff Scientist Dr. Reny Tyson Moore is a staff scientist with the Chicago Zoological Society’s Sarasota Dolphin Research Program (SDRP). She received her BS in Psychology in 2006 and MS in Biological Oceanography in 2008 from Florida State University where she studied the distribution and abundance of bottlenose

Kim Bassos-Hull, Research Associate

2020-09-26T16:08:54+00:00

Kim Bassos-Hull Senior Biologist, Mote Marine Laboratory Research Associate with CZS-SDRP Kim Bassos-Hull is a Research Associate with the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program (since 1993) and a Senior Biologist with Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida (since 2001). Kim began her studies with dolphins in 1988 as an undergraduate at University of

Christina N. Toms, Post-Doctoral Scientist

2021-11-04T18:31:37+00:00

Christina N. Toms, Ph.D. Post-Doctoral Scientist Dr. Christina Toms is a Post-Doctoral Scientist with the Chicago Zoological Society’s Sarasota Dolphin Research Program (SDRP). She received a BA in 2004 with a double major in Marine Science and Psychology at the University of Hawaii, Hilo. Her interest in animal behavior and cognition led

Elizabeth J. Berens McCabe, Research Associate-Ecologist

2020-09-26T16:03:15+00:00

Elizabeth J. Berens McCabe Research Associate-Ecologist Elizabeth Berens McCabe received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Grand Valley State University in 1998 and her Masters in Biology from the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences at the University of Florida in 2005. She has worked with the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program since

Krystan Wilkinson, Postdoctoral Scientist

2020-10-08T13:46:41+00:00

Krystan Wilkinson Postdoctoral Scientist Krystan Wilkinson is a Postdoctoral Scientist employed by the Chicago Zoological Society’s Sarasota Dolphin Research Program (SDRP) and based at Mote Marine Laboratory as part of a partnership to engage in dolphin research, education and conservation action. Krystan is also an adjunct scientist with the Sharks & Rays

Jason B. Allen, Lab Manager

2020-09-26T16:05:11+00:00

Jason B. Allen Lab Manager Jason Allen is the Chicago Zoological Society’s Sarasota Dolphin Research Program (SDRP) Lab Manager. He began his career working with the critically endangered hawksbill sea turtle. While attending Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL, he joined the Eckerd College Dolphin Project (ECDP), a bottlenose dolphin photographic-identification study that

Aaron A. Barleycorn, Field Coordinator

2020-09-26T16:05:47+00:00

Aaron A. Barleycorn Field Coordinator Aaron Barleycorn, B.S., is the Field Coordinator employed by the Chicago Zoological Society and based at Mote Marine Laboratory as part of the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program (SDRP). He began working with dolphins in 1999 with the Eckerd College Dolphin Project. After graduation from Eckerd in 2001, he

Carolyn C. Cush, GoMDIS Curator

2020-09-26T16:06:17+00:00

Carolyn C. Cush Gulf of Mexico Dolphin Identification System (GoMDIS) curator Carolyn received her bachelor’s degree from Eckerd College in 2004, where she participated in the Eckerd College Dolphin Project — identifying, cataloging and archiving photo-identification data from the local bottlenose dolphin population. She then conducted right whale aerial surveys with a research

Allison R. Honaker, Research Assistant/Data Analyst

2020-09-26T16:06:41+00:00

Allison R. Honaker Research Assistant/Data Analyst Allison Honaker works part-time for the Chicago Zoological Society’s Sarasota Dolphin Research Program. She began participating in photo-identification research with Mote Marine Laboratory’s Manatee Research Program in 2010 and now works full-time for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Manatee Photo-Identification Program. She received her Bachelor’s

Jonathan Crossman, Research Assistant

2020-09-26T16:09:25+00:00

Jonathan Crossman Research Assistant Jonathan Crossman is a research assistant with Chicago Zoological Society’s Sarasota Dolphin Research Program. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Covenant College in 2018, where he performed a literary thesis on human effects on southern resident killer whales. After graduating, he moved to Washington state to

Theresa Tatom-Naecker, Ph.D. Student

2020-09-26T15:53:34+00:00

Theresa Tatom-Naecker Ph.D. Student Theresa Tatom-Naecker is a second-year Ph.D. student with the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program and the University of California, Santa Cruz. She received a double major in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Science from the University of Chicago in 2017. After graduating, Theresa was a research intern with the

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