Greater Houston Area Bottlenose Dolphin Data Gaps

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 to Thursday, February 17, 2022
A Virtual Event

NOAA's Assessment and Restoration Division (ARD) in partnership with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Office of Protected Resources (OPR) and Southeast Regional Office's Protected Resources Division (PRD) to address critical data needs around bottlenose dolphin population, distribution, and health in the Greater Houston area, that would support future NRDA activities in the region. This workshop is a first step to identify priority data needs to pursue for future funding opportunities. The expected outcome is to outline a prioritized research proposal to address these critical data gaps.

          GREATER HOUSTON AREA BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN DATA GAPS - A Workshop Report & Appendix (link)


  • Welcome
  • Workshop Objectives, Laurie Sullivan NOAA OR&R ARD
  • Dolphin Population: Stocks, Distribution, Demographics, Fecundity
  • Keith Mullin, NMFS Southeast Fisheries Science Center
  • Errol Ronje, NCEI
  • Patricia Rosel, NMFS Southeast Fisheries Science Center
  • Vanessa Mintzer, Galveston Bay Dolphin Research Program
  • Sarah Piwetz, Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network
  • Dolphin Health: Live Animal Studies and Strandings/UMEs
  • Erin Fougeres, NOAA Fisheries, Southeast Regional Office
  • Heidi Whitehead, Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network
  • Kristi Fazioli, University of Houston Clear Lake
  • Panel Discussion, Tracy Collier facilitator
  • Katie Colgrove, University of Illinois
  • Jenny Litz, NOAA Fisheries Southeast Fisheries Science Center
  • Erin Fougeres, NOAA Fisheries, Southeast Regional Office
  • Heidi Whitehead, Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network
  • Kristi Fazioli, University of Houston Clear Lake
  • Threats: Contamination
  • Bryand Duke, NOAA OR&R, Assessment and Restoration Division
  • David Hala, Texas A&M
  • Threats: Fisheries Interactions
  • Laura Engleby & Stacey Horstman, NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office
  • Dianna Ramirez, Texas General Land Office
  • Threats: Environmental
  • Amaryllis Cotto, NOAA National Weather Service
  • Spencer Fire, Florida Institute of Technology
  • Jorge Brenner, GCOOS

Additional Resources

Dolphins hit by Deepwater Horizon spill at risk from new drilling and river plan, The Guardian 2/18/2022 
 Please contact workshop organizer for access to additional manuscripts and resources located in google drive.

Steering Committee

  • Nancy Kinner, Coastal Response Research Center, UNH
  • Laurie Sullivan, NOAA ARD
  • Bryand Duke, NOAA ARD
  • Laura Engleby, NOAA SERO
  • Michel Gielazyn, NOAA ARD
  • Teri Rowles, NOAA OPR
  • Susan Snyder, NOAA ARD
  • Ryan Takeshita, National Marine Mammal Foundation

For more information, please contact Kathy Mandsager