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Portrait of Kim Bassos-Hull, standing in front of the bay.

Kim Bassos-Hull

Senior Biologist

Sharks & Rays Conservation Research Program

Today's Research for Tomorrow's Oceans


Kim works with the following programs at Mote; Shark and Ray Conservation Program, Education, and the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program. As part of her work with the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program Kim is employed by the Chicago Zoological Society (based at Mote Marine Laboratory as part of a partnership to engage in dolphin research, education, and conservation action). Kim is also employed part time with Mote and since 2006 has worked with Mote’s Education Division as a research mentor for the High School Intern Program. Since 2009 Kim has led a research project documenting spotted eagle ray biology, behavior, and fisheries impacts in Florida, Mexico, and Cuba with the Shark and Ray Conservation Program.


B.S. in Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz

M.Sc. in Marine Science, University of California, Santa Cruz

Current Publications

Brianna V. Cahill1, 4,*, Kayla L. McCulloch2, Breanna C. DeGroot1, Kim Bassos-Hull3, Matthew J. Ajemian1 (2023). Breaking bags and crunching clams: assessing whitespotted eagle ray interactions with hard clam aquaculture gear. Aquaculture Environment Interactions, Vol. 15 , 59–71.
Cahill, B. V., Eckert, R. J., Bassos-Hull, K., Ostendorf, T. J., Voss, J. D., DeGroot, B. C., Ajemian, M. J. (2023). Diet and Feeding Ecology of the Whitespotted Eagle Ray (Aetobatus narinari) from Florida Coastal Waters Revealed via DNA Barcoding. Fishes, 8(8), 388.
Amber Lea D. Kincaid, Gretchen N. Lovewell, Jason B. Allen, Kim Bassos-Hull, Jessica L. Blackburn, Rebeccah A. Hazelkorn, and Randall S. Wells (2022). Necrocoitus in Common Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) near Sarasota, Florida. Aquatic Mammals, 68(6), 693-702.

Additional Publications

Cerutti-Pereyra, F., Bassos-Hull, K., Arvizu-Torres, X., Wilkinson, K.A., Garcia-Carrillo, I., Perez-Jimenez, J.C., Hueter, R.E. (2018). Observations of spotted eagle rays (Aetobatus narinari) in the Mexican Caribbean using photo-ID. Environ. Biol. Fishes, 101(2), 237-244. doi:10.1007/s10641-017-0694-y

Serrano-Flores, F., Pérez-Jiménez, J.C., Méndez-Loeza, I., Bassos-Hull, K., Ajemian, M.J. (2018). Comparison between the feeding habits of spotted eagle ray (Aetobatus narinari) and their potential prey in the southern Gulf of Mexico. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 1-12. doi:10.1017/S0025315418000450

Adimey, N.M., C.A. Hudak, J.R. Powell, K. Bassos-Hull, A. Foley, N.A. Farmer, L. White and K. Minch. 2014. Fishery gear interactions from stranded bottlenose dolphins, Florida manatees and sea turtles in Florida, USA. Marine Pollution Bulletin 81(1):103-115.

Bassos-Hull, K. 2014. Marine Wildlife Entanglements in Florida Waters: Impacts and Trends. NOAA Florida Marine Debris meeting, St Petersburg, FL. 20-22 May 2014.

Bassos-Hull, K., K.A. Wilkinson, P.T. Hull, D.A. Dougherty, K.L. Omori, L.E. Ailloud, J. Morris, and R.E. Hueter. 2014. Life history and seasonal occurrence of the spotted eagle ray, Aetobatus narinari, in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. Environmental Biology of Fishes 97(9):1039-1056.

Newby, J., K. Bassos-Hull, and A.M. Shedlock. 2014. Kin structure and social organization in the spotted eagle ray, Aetobatus narinari, off coastal Sarasota, FL. Environmental Biology of Fishes 97(9):1057-1065

Bassos-Hull, K., R. Perrtree, C. Shepard, S. Schilling, A. Barleycorn, J. Allen, B. Balmer, W. Pine, and R. Wells. 2013. Long-term site fidelity and seasonal abundance estimates of common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) along the southwest coast of Florida and responses to natural perturbations. Journal of Cetacean Research and Management. 13(1):19–30.

Adimey, N.M., C. Hudak, J. Powell, K. Bassos-Hull, and K. Minch. 2012. Impacts of marine debris on manatees, sea turtles and dolphins in Florida. Worldwide Society for the Protection of Animals Conference. UNTANGLED: Regional and global impacts of marine debris on animal welfare: seeking solutions (poster). Miami, FL Dec 4-6, 2012

Sellas, A. B., K. Bassos-Hull, R.E. Hueter, and K.A. Feldheim. 2011. Isolation and characterization of polymorphic microsatellitemarkers from the spotted eagle ray (Aetobatus narinari). Conservation Genetics Resources DOI 10.1007/s12686-011-9415-6

Wells, R.S., K. Bassos-Hull and K.S. Norris. 1998. Experimental return to the wild of two bottlenose dolphins. Marine Mammal Science 14:51-71.