Podcast: Taking a manatee’s temperature: Trickier than it sounds!

Manatees can sicken or even die from cold-stress syndrome when winter temperatures plummet in Florida. Why are these big mammals so cold-sensitive, and how can we take their temperatures? On this episode, Dr. Nicola Erdsack shares some emerging answers; she and her colleagues are investigating new methods to detect temperature change in manatees, and those methods have the potential to benefit manatee rehabilitation and even research in the wild. Erdsack is an international Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Mote whose work is supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG).


May 1-2: Support Mote during the 2018 Giving Challenge

You can be the one to create a better environment for each other, our children and the ocean life that supports our health and happiness: Donate to Mote Marine Laboratory during the 2018 Giving Challenge on May 1 and 2 in southwest Florida.

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Mote’s manatees burn a few calories for conservation science

The resident manatees at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium have been swimming against a current in an Endless Pool water flume  — the same kind of swimmer’s “treadmill” used by human athletes — for the first study of energetic costs in continuously swimming manatees.

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BleachWatch program seeks volunteers to monitor corals in Florida Keys

Mote scientists will host a training session at 6 p.m. April 18 on Summerland Key for divers and snorkelers interested in volunteering for the Florida Keys BleachWatch program. This program provides early warnings of potential coral bleaching events in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary during the warm summer months.

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Mote Nears First Anniversary of Keys Research Facility

The first-year anniversary of Mote’s state-of-the-art facility in the Florida Keys, the Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration (IC2R3), is cause for celebration. Opened in May 2017, IC2R3 exemplifies Mote’s vision as an international leader of marine research programs supporting conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity, healthy habitats and natural resources. As a worldwide leader of coral reef research and restoration, Mote is utilizing the new facility at its long-standing Summerland Key campus to  scale up coral out-plantings and  advance  important coral reef research programs on global changes such as ocean acidification (OA).

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Mote ranked No. 1 nonprofit in published research by top zoos and aquariums

Of 228 zoos and aquariums, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium produces the most research of any nonprofit and ranks No. 2 overall, reports a recent study of research productivity among Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) members. The findings were from the first study characterizing the contribution of zoos and aquariums to scientific research that results in the production of peer-reviewed scientific literature

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