Jonathan Cowart, PhD Student

TCC Marine Science & Conservation Working Group

Department of Physiological Sciences
University of Florida

PhD Student, Marine Mammal Physiology
University of Florida
BSc, Marine Biology
University of North Carolina-Wilmington

Biography & Research Interests
Jonathan Cowart is an alumnus of the TCC Coral Reef Ecology course, and a recent Bachelor of Science graduate in Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). During his undergraduate career at UNCW he was an active member of the marine mammal stranding program and helped complete a collaborative undergraduate research project looking at the contributions of wax esters and lipids on the density and buoyancy of cetacean blubber. Although his research interests include all marine mammals and their unique physiology, he has become more focused on sirenians since his internship in the Manatee Research Program at Mote Marine Laboratory.

Beginning in the Fall of 2014 Jonathan will be a PhD student at the University of Florida in the Department of Physiological Sciences. He is interested in looking at the role stress plays on the reproductive endocrinology of the Florida manatee and will be looking at differences between sex, habitat and captive and non-captive environments.