Geographic information systems-based analysis of manatee mortality in Everglades National Park

Abstract The present study focuses on the patterns of anthropogenic deaths of the Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris), Florida’s official state marine mammal, within the boundaries of Everglades National Park. The Florida manatee is a subspecies of the West Indian Manatee (Trichechus manatus) found primarily in the southeastern United States year-round. During the summer months,… Read More

On the Evolutionary History of Billfish

The Old Narrative When I travel to the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, I traverse the Rickenbacker Bridge which overlooks Biscayne Bay. Miami, like much of South Florida, is a haven for large game fish like marlins, mackerel, and tuna. Or, at least, it once was. Conservationists and fishermen alike have collaborated to… Read More

On the Golden Age of Sharks

When the Golden Age of Fishes ended 359 million years ago, more than 75% of Earth’s species were eliminated. The Devonian Period, as it was also known, was over. As life rebounded, a new era of abundance—the Carboniferous Period—had begun. On land, the world’s first rainforests emerged. Early clubmosses, conifers, and cycads—some more than 100… Read More