Project Description

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 2004, where she is currently a Research Associate-Ecologist.

Berens McCabe’s current work focuses on the relationship between wild dolphins and their prey. Recent research includes exploring the effects of Karenia brevis red tides on fish abundance, species richness, and community structure across the bay; investigating the effects of red tides on dolphin foraging occurrences and behaviors; and determining fine-scale habitat and prey selection in wild dolphins. She serves as co-PI for seasonal multispecies fish surveys to monitor fish abundance, distribution, and body condition in Sarasota Bay, Florida.

Berens McCabe has been involved with the health assessments of wild dolphins in Sarasota Bay, Florida, since 2005. She has collaborated with colleagues on various projects, from sample collection through data analyses and manuscript preparation. Berens McCabe has authored or co-authored 9 peer-reviewed journal articles, 3 tech reports, and 12 Nicks n’ Notches articles (SDRP’s annual newsletter). She has presented or co-authored 7 presentations at professional meetings.