We encourage members of the media to meet in person with Mote experts and, when possible, to join us in the field as we conduct research projects. If you are a member of the media covering marine topics, the best way for you to connect with Mote experts is to contact a member of the Communications staff who can help make these connections happen:

Shelby Isaacson, Public Relations Manager

(941) 388-4441, ext. 417 
shelbyi@mote.org

Hayley Rutger, Content Development Manager

(941) 388-4441, ext. 365
hrutger@mote.org

The Communications office regularly sends news of our upcoming programs and breakthrough research findings to the press. 

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Other ways to learn about the latest news and information from Mote:

Mote Marine Laboratory scientists conduct research in the oceans surrounding all of the world's seven continents in a variety of disciplines related to nearshore and ocean ecosystems and the animals that inhabit these systems. We have 25 research projects, and our studies include programs that cover the following areas:

  • Studies of human cancer using marine models.
  • The effects of man-made and natural toxins on humans and on the environment (including Florida red tide and oil contaminants).
  • The health of wild fisheries and developing sustainable and successful fish restocking techniques and food production technologies.
  • Developing ocean technology to help us better understand the health of the environment.
  • Understanding the population dynamics of manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, sharks and coral reefs and on conservation and restoration efforts related to these species and ecosystems.
  • Our organization also includes a public venue — The Aquarium at Mote Marine Laboratory — visited by 400,000 guests annually, making it one of the largest visitor attractions in Southwest Florida.
  • Our expertise also includes a focus on creating a more ocean-literate public through education programs for children and adults.

The best way for members of the media to connect with our experts is to contact a member of the Communications staff who can help arrange for interviews and often are able to provide images and b-roll.