Sea Turtle Conservation & Research
Studying habitats and trends in turtle nesting to conserve Sea Turtles.
Wetzel, D.L. and E.S. Van Vleet. 2003. Persistence of Petroleum Hydrocarbon Contamination in Sediments of the Canals in Venice, Italy: 1995 and 1998. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 46:1015-1023.
Pierce, R.H., D.L. Wetzel and E.D Estevez. 2004. Charlotte Harbor Initiative: Assessing the Ecological Health of Southwest Florida’s Charlotte, Harbor Estuary. Ecotoxicology.13:275-284.
Wetzel, D.L., and J.E. Reynolds, III. 2004. Definitive identification of fatty acid constituents in marine mammal tissues. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 61:554-560.
Wetzel, D.L. and E.S. Van Vleet. 2004. Accumulation and Distribution of Petroleum Hydrocarbons found in Mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis) in the Canals of Venice, Italy. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 48:927-936.
O’Hara, T., P. Hoekstra, C. Hanns, D. Muir, D. Wetzel, and J. Reynolds. 2004. A preliminary assessment of the nutritive value of select tissues from the bowhead whale based on suggested nutrient daily intakes. International Whaling Commission Scientific Committee Report SC/56/E2:1-19.
Cheng, Y.S., T.A. Villareal, Y. Zhou, J. Gao, R.H. Pierce, D.Wetzel, J.Naar and D.G. Baden. 2005. Characterization of red tide aerosol on the Texas Coast. Harmful Algae. 4:87-94.
Reynolds, J.E., III, D. L. Wetzel, and T. M. O’Hara. 2006 Omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids in blubber of bowhead whales (Balaena mysticetus): health implications for subsistence-level cultures. Arctic. 59(2):155-164.
Downs, C.A.,J.E. Fauth, D.Wetzel, P. Hallock, J.F.Halas, R. Curry and C.M. Woodley. 2006. Investigating Coral Reef Degradation at Alina’s Reef in the Florida Keys: Cellular Physiology of White Grunt (Haemulon plumieri) as a Biological Indicator. Environmental Forensics. 7:1-18.
Wetzel, D.L. and E.S. Van Vleet. 2005. Cooperative Aquatic Toxicity Testing of Dispersed Oil and the “Chemical Response to Oil Spills: Ecological Effects Research Forum (CROSERF). Aurand and Coelho (eds.). Ecosystem Management & Associates, Inc. Lusby, MD. Tech. Report 07-03. 105pp,
Wetzel, D.L., Reynolds, J.E. and Christie,W.W. 2007. Identification of fatty acids by picolinyl ester derivatives. Marine Mammal Sci., 23(4): 989-990.
Delgado, G., Glazer R. and Wetzel, D.L. 2007. The Effects of Pesticides on Conch Embryos and Larvae. The Conch Horn Vol.3 (1). Florida FWC Conch Research and Restoration Program.
George, J.C., D.L. Wetzel, L. Dehn, T.M. O’Hara, T.M. Robertson, R.G. LeDuc, and J.E. Reynolds, III, 2008. An Analysis of Ancient Bowhead Whale Mangtak from Gambell Alaska: What can it tell us? International Whaling Commission SC/60/E?
Wetzel, D.L., J. E. Reynolds, III, J. M. Sprinkel, L. Schwacke, P. Mercurio and S. A. Rommel. 2010. Fatty acid signature analysis as a potential forensic tool for Florida manatees (Trichechus manatus latirostris). Science of the Total Environment 408:6124-6133.
Wilson, R.C., J. E. Reynolds III, D. L. Wetzel, L. Schweirzke-Wade, R. K. Bonde, K. F. Breuel and W. E. Roudebush. 2011. Secretion of anti-Mullerian hormone in the West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus) with implications for assessing conservation status. Endangered Species Research. 14:107-112.
Crespo, E.A., M. Borobia, D. Alarcon, M. Alonso, M.Bazzalo, M.Cremer, G.Filla, F. A. Magalhães, J. Marigo, H. Queiróz, J. E. Reynolds, III, Y. Schaeffer, D.L. Wetzel. 2011. Report of the sub-group on major threats to and conservation. Special Volume on the Biology and Conservation of Neotropical Dolphins of the Genus Sotalia. Latin American Journal of Aquatic Mammals 8(1-2):47-56.
Wetzel, D.L., E. Pulster, and J.E. Reynolds, III. 2012. Organic contaminants and sirenians. IN: Hines, E., J.E. Reynolds, III, A. A. Mignucci-Giannoni, L. V. Aragones, and M. Marmontel (eds.). Sirenian Conservation: Issues and Strategies in Developing Countries. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.
Goodbody-Gringley, G., D. L. Wetzel, D. Gillon1, E. Pulster1, A. Miller1, and K. B. Ritchie. 2013. Toxicity of Deepwater Horizon source oil and the chemical dispersant, Corexit® 9500, to coral larvae. PLoS One. Vol 8(1) e45574.
Delgado, G.A., Glazer, R.A. and D. Wetzel. 2013. Effects of Mosquito Control Pesticides on Competent Queen Conch (Strombus gigas) Larvae. Biol. Bull. 225:71-78.
Ponnampalam, L. S., Fairul Izmal, J. H., Ichikawa, K., Akamatsu, T., Kee Alfian, A. A., Wetzel D. and Reynolds III, J. 2014. A multi-pronged approach for overcoming knowledge barriers on the ecology and status of dugongs (Dugong dugon) in Johor, Malaysia: Towards critical habitat protection. Pages 101 -- 112 in Wan Musthapa, W. F. Z., Nik Rosely, N. F. and Othman, A. S. (Eds). Johor Nature Heritage. School of Biological Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia.
Synder, S.M., Pulster, E.L., Wetzel, D.L, and S.A. Murawski. 2015. PAH Exposure in Gulf of Mexico Demersal Fishes, Post-Deepwater Horizon. Environ. Sci. Technol., 2015, 49 (14), pp 8786–8795.
Hong, Y.S., Wetzel, D.L., Pulster, E.L., Hull, P., Reible, D., Hwang, H.M., Ji, P. Rifkin, E., Bouwer, E. 2015. Significant spatial variability of bioavailable PAHs in water column and sediment porewater in the Gulf of Mexico 1 year after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 187:646. doi:10.1007/s10661-015-4867-x.
Romero, I. C., Özgökmen, T., Snyder, S., Schwing, P., O'Malley, B. J., Beron-Vera, F. J., Wetzel. D.L. et al. 2016. Tracking the Hercules 265 marine gas well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 121, 706–724, doi:10.1002/2015JC011037.
Wetzel, D.L., J.E. Reynolds, III, P. Mercurio, G.H. Givens, E.L. Pulster and J.C. George. 2017. Age estimation for bowhead whales, Balaena mysticetus, using aspartic acid racemization with enhanced hydrolysis and derivatization procedures. Journal of Cetacean Research and Management (In Press).
Hollenbeck, C.M., Portnoy, D.S., Wetzel, D.L., Sherwood, T.A., Samollow, P.B., Gold, J.R. 2017. Linkage Mapping and Comparative Genomics of Red Drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) Using Next-Generation Sequencing. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics Early online January 25, 2017; DOI: 10.1534/g3.116.036350
Pulster, E., Wetzel, D.L., Main, K. and S. Murawski. 2017. Species specific metabolic capacity of naphthalene and phenanthrene in three species of marine teleosts exposed to Deepwater Horizon crude oil. (In Press). Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.
Studying habitats and trends in turtle nesting to conserve Sea Turtles.
Developing strategies for fishery stocking & restoring endangered species
Investigating the source, fact & effects of toxins in the environment
Seeking to develop systems and techniques to grow coral and other reef species.
Studying manatee behavioral ecology, distribution, habitat use, genetics, and population status in Florida.
Study responses of ecologically important species to projected levels of ocean acidification.
Using technology to further study & management of our local coastal environment.
The Stranding Investigations Program (SIP) provides 24-hour response to sick, injured and deceased marine mammals & sea turtles.
Study of how fish interact with their habitats & how disturbances influence these interactions.
Coral diseases are one of the greatest threats to reefs worldwide.
Studying sharks, skates and stingrays as laboratory animal models for basic & applied research
Developing technologies to produce fish & invertebrates to meet growing demand for seafood & fishing stocks.
Basic and applied research on the health and immune systems of marine vertebrates
Studying the impacts of nutrients and physical parameters in riverine, estuarine and coastal environments.
The Sharks and Rays Conservation Research Program is dedicated to studying the biology, ecology and conservation of sharks, skates and rays.
Long term study of dolphin populations in Sarasota Bay.
Understanding processes and environmental factors that influence coral reef health.
Investigating how marine & freshwater chemicals impact public health
Rehabilitation hospital to provide provide state-of-the-art critical care & chronic care for stranded sea turtles and dolphins.
Bottom-dwelling organism response to environmental disturbance.
Study of the Ocean's Phytoplankton Community
Contaminant detection of toxic substances.