Press Release for Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Marine Biologist Discusses Environmental Impact on Bottlenose Dolphins

 Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations 

(904) 620-2102 





 Dr. Quincy Gibson, a marine mammal biologist at the University of North Florida, will present “Growing up in Jacksonville: Potential Effects of a Metropolitan Environment on the Social Lives of Bottlenose Dolphins” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, at UNF’s University Center, Building 43. The lecture is free and open to the public. 


Throughout her career, Gibson has conducted a wide variety of marine mammal research projects, including human and vessel impact studies on spinner dolphins and humpback whales in the Hawaiian Islands, a developmental study of captive dolphin calves in Florida, as well as investigations of population dynamics and migratory pathways of humpback whales in Australia and Ecuador. 


She is well-known for her dissertation research that examined the development of social patterns in wild bottlenose dolphin calves in Shark Bay, Australia. At UNF, Gibson is working with Dr. Julie Richmond to develop an interdisciplinary marine mammal research program that ties physiology and behavioral ecology together, with an emphasis on mothers and calves. The two professors are currently conducting boat-based photo-identification and behavioral surveys of bottlenose dolphins in the Jacksonville area. 


Gibson earned her doctorate degree in Biology from Georgetown University in 2007. She also holds a bachelor ’s degree in biology and psychology from the University of Maryland at College Park.  


This event is sponsored by The Brotman Family Coastal Biology Lecture Series, the Florida Sea Grant Elise B. Newell Seminar Series and the UNF Coastal Biology Flagship Program. For more information, contact Michelle Davis, UNF Coastal Biology Program, at (904) 620-2830 or by e-mail at .