Mote welcomes two new scientists to Florida Keys campus

Mote Marine Laboratory is delighted to welcome new Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr. Heather Page and Staff Biologist Dr. Abigail Clark to its Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration (IC2R3) on Summerland Key, Florida.

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Mote & Boy Scouts of America embark on marine STEM project for coral research & restoration

Today, Feb. 19, Mote Marine Laboratory (Mote) and Boy Scouts of America, Florida National High Adventure Sea Base (BSA Sea Base), formalized a collaboration combining Mote’s leadership in coral reef research and restoration with BSA’s Marine STEM Adventure program. This new initiative will enhance Mote’s existing partnership with BSA while benefiting coral reefs and encouraging young people to excel as ocean stewards.  

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Podcast: Snapshots of science and sea life

Conor Goulding is an underwater photographer who captures images of Mote Marine Laboratory's scientific research, related ocean environments and wildlife, along with the resident animals of Mote Aquarium in Sarasota, Florida. Though he makes photography look easy, it requires careful observation and knowledge of the subject, a good grasp of technology and technique, and a storyteller's mindset to get meaningful shots of science in action. In this episode, Conor tells Joe and Hayley about some of his favorite photo shoots and he offers tips for those getting into nature photography. Check out Conor's work by visiting motemarinelab.photoshelter.com and clicking the "galleries" link to see Mote's public photo archive.

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Podcast: She studies sea turtles on the seashore…

The beaches we visit during the day become turtle turf at night. Thousands of loggerhead sea turtles and smaller numbers of other species lay nests with 100-ish eggs apiece during southwest Florida’s yearly nesting season, May 1-Oct. 31. Melissa Bernhard, Senior Biologist with Mote’s Sea Turtle Conservation & Research Program — a friend to reptiles everywhere — leads local sea turtle conservation efforts with hundreds of trained volunteers who love searching for turtle crawls (tracks) at the crack of dawn. In this episode, Melissa tells Hayley and Joe what she’s learned and done through Mote’s state-permitted efforts, including night-time turtle tagging!

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Mote to host professional development workshop for teachers

On February 17 and 24, Mote’s education staff will be hosting professional development workshops as a part of a series for southwest Florida middle and high school teachers. This month’s sessions will highlight Florida coastal reptiles and human impacts and citizen science.

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Eight endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles released

On Feb. 1, Mote Marine Laboratory released eight Kemp’s ridley sea turtles from Mote’s Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital. These turtles, plus a ninth Kemp’s and one green sea turtle still at Mote, came to Florida on Dec. 8 as part of a team effort to rehabilitate 46 cold-stunned turtles initially brought to the New England Aquarium (NEAQ) in Quincy, Massachusetts.

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Mote’s manatees predict different teams to win Super Bowl LII

Thursday, Feb. 1, Mote Aquarium's resident manatees, Hugh and Buffett, predicted the winner of the Super Bowl for the 11th year in a row. So, who will win the big game? Well, it depends on who you ask. Buffett, who has the better record, chose the Philadelphia Eagles, while Hugh chose the New England Patriots.  

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