My project is about the conservation efforts for Florida manatees that have been implemented and how those actions are effecting the populations of Florida manatees. I am assessing whether or not certain action are positively affecting the populations, and if money spent on actions has any impact and what that might mean. In conservation money is a very important factor for a lot of people, which is why it’s important to consider this aspect of the conservation actions that have been implemented.
I aspire to be a marine conservation biologist, and in addition for my love of manatees this is what got me interested in this project. I am hoping to continue with this research for my master’s degree, or at least doing similar research with regards to endangered marine mammals. I hope as my education continues this research will aid when I do site research for manatees.
My time spent now is working on gathering all of the data to then be analyzed using statistical analysis. I have so far reviewed all 107 conservation actions that have been implemented and have categorized them into the types of actions that they are. I am currently contacting professionals in this field to get population data for the Florida manatee. I have also collected manatee mortality data. My next step is to organize all this information into an excel table to then be statistically analyzed.