The Manatee Research Program (MRP) conducts year-round studies of manatee behavioral ecology, distribution, habitat use, genetics, and population status in Florida. The MRP also provides advice on manatee conservation and research actions throughout Florida and the wider Caribbean, and staff further advise conservation projects for sirenians (manatees and dugongs) globally.

The Mote MRP is one of three organizations (along with the State of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the U.S. Geological Survey Sirenian Project) participating via formal Memorandum of Understanding in organizing and maintaining a statewide Manatee Photo Identificattion System (MIPS) catalog. Long term aerial and photo-identification surveys throughout the year have proven valuable to local and county efforts to manage manatees in ways that attempt to balance human activities and sustainability of manatees and their habitat.

MRP Manager Dr. John Reynolds passed away on Dec. 23, 2017, after serving as a Mote Senior Scientist since 2001. He helped Mote become a beacon of conservation-focused science, particularly through his leadership of the MRP, which continues the vital mission that he championed. Read about Reynolds' life and legacy.

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