Dr. Randall Wells
17.11.2014 Animal tracking applications

Dr. Randall Wells, invited speaker to IUCAWA 2014

Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, Chicago Zoological Society Nominee - 2014 Indianapolis Prize Program director of the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, the world’s longest-running study of a wild dolphin population.

Dr. Wells has been using Argos to track dolphins and small whales since 1997. His involvement includes the tagging and/or tracking of more than 100 small cetaceans of 8 species, ranging in size from franciscanas up to pilot whales.

His current research program uses a collaborative approach to examine the behavior, social structure, life history, ecology, health, and population biology of bottlenose dolphins along the central west coast of Florida, with studies focusing on five concurrent generations of a locally resident 160-member dolphin community.

Recent research topics include the effects of human activities on coastal dolphins, such as boat traffic, fishing activities, human feeding of wild dolphins, and environmental contaminants.

Read Argos Forum #79 (p.8)