Robert Bonde, Ph.D.



Ph.D., Veterinary Medical Sciences, University of Florida


Bob Bonde has been studying manatees for more than 34 years. He continues to work as a research biologist for the Sirenia Project of the U.S. Geological Survey in Gainesville, Florida.  His current duties include life history monitoring of the manatee population in Crystal River, Florida, consulting with the NOAA-Fisheries Working Group for Unusual Marine Mammal Mortality Events on issues related to necropsy assessment of the stranded marine mammals, participation in the USFWS Manatee Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Release Program, field radio telemetry and tracking studies, supervising manatee genetic studies and biomedical health assessment, and involvement with international research projects and study design. Bonde chairs the Florida Manatee Genetics Research Working Group, and holds a full professor appointment in the graduate school of the University of Florida with a courtesy faculty position in the Large Animal Clinical Sciences Department of the College of Veterinary Medicine. He serves on several University of Florida Ph.D. graduate degree committees; graduate studies include novel research on genetics, endocrinology, osteology, virology, behavior, physiology, contaminants, health monitoring, blood chemistry, and behavior. He obtained his doctorate at the University of Florida in Veterinary Medical Sciences by examining manatee genetics and conservation. In addition to over 70 scientific publications, in 2006, Bonde coauthored a book with Dr. Roger Reep, entitled, The Florida Manatee: Biology and Conservation.