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James Reid

Biography

EDUCATION

B.A., Zoology, University of Montana Missoula, 1979

RESEARCH

Jim Reid's research interests include the use of GPS, Argos and VHF radio tracking techniques in field-based studies of manatees; seagrass mapping and characterization studies to assess benthic habitats; photo-identification and behavioral observations on individuals; cooperation in international studies of sirenians. Since 1990, Reid has been a Fish and Wildlife Biologist with the U. S Geological Survey's Sirenia Project. For the program, he: coordinates the application of tagging and tracking systems for research on manatees in the US and Puerto Rico; manages the project’s program of GPS tags monitored through the satellite-based tracking system Service Argos; conducts assessments of marine habitats known to be essential for manatees accomplished by mapping nearshore habitats and seagrass characterization studies;  acts as an investigator in radio tracking studies of manatees Everglades National Park, Atlantic coast of southeastern US, northern Gulf of Mexico, and Puerto Rico; acts as field staff for photography efforts at winter aggregation sites for the Manatee Individual Photo-Identification System (MIPS), a computerized database on recognizable manatees;  and collaborates with personnel from DOI, DOD, NGOs, and the Commonwealth.  Reid's international research has co-evolved with manatee researchers in other countries (Brazil, Bahamas, Mexico) to address manatee status, distribution, life history, and research techniques.