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Sheri Barton

Senior Biologist

Manatee Research Program

Today's Research for Tomorrow's Oceans



Sheri joined Mote Marine Laboratory in 1995, first as an intern, then as a staff member in the Manatee Research Program. Sheri’s primary focus is on manatee photo-identification, behavioral studies, and genetic sampling. Her experience includes telemetry; habitat monitoring; marine mammal stranding response, rescue, and necropsy; and surveys of boater use of waterways and manatee speed zones. She is Mote’s manatee photo-identification project coordinator, the Manatee Individual Photo-Identification System (MIPS) database manager for Mote, and a member of Mote’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.


2006 Master of Science, Conservation Biology, University of South Florida
1995 Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of South Florida

Current Publications

Kakuma, S., Yanagi, T., Sato, T. (2024). “Models for Implementing the Satoumi Concept via Residential Research Institute Collaborations with Citizen Scientists in the United States” in Satoumi Science: Co-creating Social-Ecological Harmony Between Human and the Sea. .
Dziobak MK, Wells RS, Pisarski EC, Wirth EF, Hart LB (2024). A Correlational Analysis of Phthalate Exposure and Thyroid Hormone Levels in Common Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) from Sarasota Bay, Florida (2010–2019). Animals, 12.0(824.0).
Patton, P. T., Cheeseman, T., Abe, K., Yamaguchi, T., Reade, W., Southerland, K., Howard, A., Oleson, E. M., Allen, J. B., Ashe, E., Athayde, A., Baird, R. W., Basran, C., Cabrera, E., Calambokidis, J., Cardoso, J., Carrol, E. L., Cesario, A., Cheney, B. J., Corsi, E., Currie, J., Durban, J. W., Falcone, E. A., Fearnbach, H., Flynn, K., Franklin, T., Franklin, W., Galletti Vernazzani, B., Genov, T., Hill, M., Johnston, D. R., Keene, E. L., Mahaffy, S. D., McGuire, T. L., McPherson, L., Meyer, C., Michaud, R., Miliou, A., Orbach, D. N., Pearson, H. C., Rasmussen, M. H., Rayment, W. J., Rinaldi, C., Rinaldi, R., Siciliano, S., Stack, S., Tintore, B., Torres, L. G., Towers, J. R., Trotter, C., Tyson Moore, R., Weir, C. R., Wellard, R., Wells, R., Yano, K. M., Zaescmar, J. R., Bejder, L. (2023). A deep learning approach to photo-identification demonstrates high performance on two dozen cetacean species. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 00, 1-15.
Stephanie M. Rosales, Lindsay K. Huebner, James S. Evans, Amy Apprill, Andrew C. Baker, Cynthia C. Becker, Anthony J. Bellantuono, Marilyn E. Brandt, Abigail S. Clark, Javier del Campo, Caroline E. Dennison , Katherine R. Eaton, Naomi E. Huntley, Christina A. Kellogg, Mónica Medina, Julie L. Meyer, Erinn M. Muller, Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty, Jennifer L. Salerno, William B. Schill, Erin N. Shilling, Julia Marie Stewart and Joshua D. Voss (2023). A meta-analysis of the stony coral tissue loss disease microbiome finds key bacteria in unaffected and lesion tissue in diseased colonies. ISME Journal, 3, 19.
Shikha Grover, Thao Pham, Anna Jones, Cristina Sinobas-Pereira, Marina Villoch Diaz Maurino, Evan C. Garrad, Nyasha J. Makoni, Antanisha Parks, Ryan J. Domalewski, Gabriel Riggio, Hannah An, Kunhua Chen, Michael R. Nichols (2023). A new class of monoclonal Aβ antibodies selectively target and trigger deposition of Aβ protofibrils. Journal of Neurochemistry.
Dr. Kenneth Hoadley, Grant Lockridge, Audrey McQuagge, K. Blue Pahl, Sean Lowry, Sophie Wong, Zachary Craig, Chelsea Petrik, Courtney Klepac, Erinn Muller (2023). A phenomic modeling approach for using chlorophyll-a fluorescence-based measurements on coral photosymbionts. Frontiers in Marine Science, 10, 379.
Shaver, E. C., McLeod, E., Hein, M. Y., Palumbi, S. R., Quigley, K., Vardi, T., Mumby, P. J., Smith, D., Montoya-Maya, P., Muller, E. M., Banaszak, A. T., McLeod, I. M., & Wachenfeld, D. (2024). A roadmap to integrating resilience into the practice of coral reef restoration. Global Change Biology, 28.0, 4751– 4764.
Lu, Haiyan; Toyoda, Jennifer H.; Wise, Sandra S.; Browning, Cynthia L.; Speer, Rachel M.; Croom-Perez, Tayler J.; Bolt, Alicia; Meaza, Idoia; Wise, Sr., John Pierce (2024). A whale of a tale: whale cells evade the driving mechanism for hexavalent chromium-induced chromosome instability. Toxicological Sciences, 199(1), 49-62.
James V. Locascio, Christopher C. Koenig, Christopher R. Malinowski (2023). Absolute Abundance Estimates of Atlantic Goliath Grouper (Epinephelus itajara) on Spawning Aggregation Site. Fishes, 8, 394-407.
Patrick Kiel, Nathan Formel, Mike Jankulak, Andrew Baker, Ross Cunning, David Gilliam, Carly Kenkel, Chris Langdon, Diego Lirman, Caitlin Lustic, Kerry Maxwell, Alison Moudling, Amelia Moura, Erinn Muller, Stephanie Schopmeyer, Scott Winters, Ian Enochs (2023). Acropora cervicornis Data Coordination Hub, an open access database for evaluating genet performance. Bulletin of marine science of the gulf and carribbean, 99(2), 119-136.

Additional Publications

Castelblanco-Martinez, D.N., A. Alvarez-Aleman, R. Torres, A.L. Teague, S.L. Barton, K.A. Rood, E.A. Ramos, and A.A. Mignucci-Giannoni. 2021. First documentation of long-distance travel by a Florida manatee to the Mexican Caribbean. Ethology, Ecology, and Evolution, DOI: 10.1080/03949370.2021.1967457 
Hostetler, J.A., J. Martin, M. Kosempa, H.H. Edwards, K.A. Rood, S.L. Barton, and M.C. Runge. 2021. Reconstructing population dynamics of a threatened marine mammal using multiple data sets. Scientific Reports 11:2702. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-021-81478-z. 
Rood, K., A. Teague, S. Barton, A. Alvarez-Aleman, and E. Heib. 2020. First documentation of return movement from Cuba to the continental United States by a Florida manatee. Sirenews 71: 24-25.
Reynolds, J.E., III, J.A. Powell, L.W. Keith Diagne, S.L. Barton, and K.M. Scolardi. 2018. Manatees. Pages 558-566 in B.Wursig, J.G.M. Thewissen, and K.M. Kovacs (eds.) Encyclopedia of marine mammals, 3rd Edition. Academic Press, San Diego, CA.
Rood, K.A., S.L. Barton, and C.A. Beck. 2012. Partnering for success: Florida manatee photo-identification. Page 32 in E.M. Hines, J.E. Reynolds, III, L.V. Aragones, A.A. Mignucci-Giannoni, and M. Marmomtel (eds.) Sirenian Conservation. University Press of Florida, Gainesville, FL.
Carney, S.L., E.E. Bolen, S.L. Barton, K.M. Scolardi, C.E. Englund, M.D. Tringali, and J.E. Reynolds, III. 2007. A minimally invasive method of field sampling for genetic analyses of the Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris). Marine Mammal Science 23(4):967-965.
Langtimm, C.A., C.A. Beck, H.H. Edwards, K.J. Fick-Child, B.B. Ackerman, S.L. Barton, and W.C. Hartley. 2004. Survival estimates for Florida manatees from the photo-identification of individuals. Marine Mammal Science, 20(3):438-463.