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Dr. Ernest Estevez

Senior Scientist Emeritus

Emeritus Senior Scientists

Today's Research for Tomorrow's Oceans



Dr. Estevez joined Mote Marine Laboratory in 1979 and retired in 2012. Dr. Estevez led large multidisciplinary studies of coastal bays and rivers. His focused research fields included invertebrate zoology, benthic ecology, seagrass and wetland assessments, and applied studies of human impacts in rivers and estuaries. He has special interest in tidal rivers especially the role of freshwater flow, and flow alterations, on river and estuary ecology. Dr. Estevez worked on riverine mollusks and novel methods to assess ecological condition of tidal creeks and was also involved with coastal resource management programs with emphasis on Tampa and Sarasota Bays, and Charlotte Harbor, Florida.

Dr. Estevez continues to serve as curator for Mote’s Marine Macroalgae Herbarium.


B.A. in Biology, University of South Florida
Ph.D. in Biology, University of South Florida

- Past president, Florida Academy of Sciences
- Founding member and past president, the Myakka Conservancy
- Recipient with Myakka Conservancy of Governor's Council for Sustainable Florida Award
- Recipient, Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee
- Recipient, Eugenie Clark Scientific Explorers Award
- Member, Florida Oceans and Coastal Council

Additional Publications

Available on request