The Dolphins of Biscayne Bay and Their Ecology (In-Person Speaker)
Little is known about the long-term effects of environmental changes on coastal dolphin populations. This question is significant in the light of coastal marine habitat loss, pollution, and climate change. During this presentation, we will explore the home range, social structure, habitat use, and diet of a resident population of bottlenose dolphins in Biscayne Bay, a heavily impacted waterway that has experienced significant habitat degradation over the past decades.
Jessica Carde's academic background includes a Bachelor’s in Biology, a Bachelor’s in Psychology, and a Master’s in Marine Conservation & Policy from Stony Brook University, and a Doctorate in Marine Ecology from Florida International University. Her dissertation research focused on coastal dolphin behavior and ecology in response to anthropogenic threats and climate change. In collaboration with The NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center, her project investigated the impacts of disturbances and environmental changes on the habitat use, behavior and distribution of resident bottlenose dolphins within Biscayne Bay. Jessica is continuing her research through FIU to further elucidate the behaviors and habitat use of this population and assess exposure to other potential risks, such as boating activity, contaminants, and noise pollution.
Upcoming trips 2024:
The "far-out future" - 2025 and beyond
2023 - Trips:
The Board of Directors had our first meeting and approved the volunteers to the Board, lucky for us everybody that served last year agreed to continue to serve the Club this coming year. The following is our Board of Directors. Anybody interested in joining, please reach out as several Board Members would appreciate some help and would enjoy teaching others about the club.
The club has been growing at a faster rate than since I joined the club, please come to meetings and help our club grow.
Local diving is continuing this winter, so if you are brave enough to dive in “cold” water come join us. Please keep an eye on upcoming dives and join in if you are inclined. It is always a lot of fun catching up on the boat and having lunch afterward with friends.
Greetings From The Hospitality Hut,
At the January general meeting of the USA Dive Club, one first time guest attended.
Mike Bothwell was certified in 2001 in Madison WI. He has logged 150 dives and is an Advanced Open Water diver.
Be sure to greet and welcome our guests when you see that familiar "Hello My Name Is" tag.
I encourage you to visit our home page www.usadiveclub.org. Please click on the calendar and keep up to date on all the diving and non-diving scheduled activities. You may also take a look at the photo gallery and take a peek at past events.
I wish you all Happy Diving.
Overseas Dive Trips
A Google search lead Mike Bothwell to the USA Dive Club. He attended our January 2024 General Membership meeting, and by the end of the meeting, he had completed an online membership application and electronically transmitted his dues to the Treasurer.
In 2001, Mike was certified in the chilly waters of Madison, Wisconsin. He holds an Advanced Open Water certification and has approximately 150 dives. He recently relocated to Florida from Denver, Colorado, and is looking forward to exploring Florida’s local reefs to sightsee and dive on a few wrecks.
His most memorable dive was in Barbados, and Mike looks forward to diving in the Philippines sometime in the future. Other than diving, Mike enjoys having dinner with friends.
He has been renting equipment and would appreciate advice on where to buy gently used or reasonably priced new equipment. Members may contact him by going to the USA website at usadiveclub.org. Sign into your account, click DIRECTORY, and enter Michael Bothwell in the Search box.
Let’s give Mike a warm USA Dive Club welcome when we see him on a dive or any other USA event.
As always, we invite you to browse through our extensive Photo Gallery to take a look at our social and diving activities.
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