MELBOURNE, FLA. — Jonathan Shenker, associate professor of Biological Sciences and director of the Sportfish Research Institute at Florida Institute of Technology, has received $23,000 from the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust to continue his studies on the biology and ecology of juvenile tarpon in the Everglades.
â€œThis will help us to identify critical nursery habitats for the species,â€ said Shenker. â€œIt will help us meet our goal to ensure that restoring this valuable species in the Everglades includes the maintenance of essential habitats.â€
The Bonefish & Tarpon Trust gives regularly to Shenkerâ€™s research. The organization, based in South Florida, but with a worldwide presence, supports or collaborates on research projects throughout the Caribbean and Pacific. Its goal is to protect and enhance both species by gaining a better understanding of their biology and ecology.