Proposal Title: "Investigation of the Physiological Adaptations of Marine Mammals"
Principle Investigator: Joseph Gaspard (Mote Marine Laboratory) and Traci Kendall (Long Marine Laboratory - University of California, Santa Cruz)
Affiliation: Mote Marine Laboratory and Long Marine Laboratory, University of California at Santa Cruz
Award Amount: $3000.00
Proposal Title: "Physiological Effects of Artificial Weaning on Sea Lion Pups"
Principle Investigator: Brandon T. Davis
Affiliation: Physiological Ecology and Bioenergetics Lab at the University of Central Florida and SeaWorld Orlando
Award Amount: $2,070.00
Project Description: Little is know about what occurs physiologically to a sea lion pup when it is weaned from its mother in an abbreviated period of time than that which occurs in a natural setting. This study will investigate how developmental changes, such as body mass, girth measurements, blubber depth, blood values, and thyroid hormone levels differ as sea lion pups are weaned at five, seven, and nine months of age.
Proposal Title: "Comparing Dietary Consumption of Iron in Wild Versus Captive Dolphins"
Principle Investigator: Rita Stacey
Affiliation: Chicago Zoological Society, Brookfield Zoo
Award Amount: $2,500.00
Project Description: Extra iron can build up in the liver and other organs which can lead to health problems. This study will compare the dietary consumption of iron in wild dolphins to that of dolphins in human care. Nutritional and mineral analyses of fish in native and non native diets will be correlated to the iron levels of the dolphins.
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