Stories That Bones Tell: Manatees
Dr. Danielle Ingle, Postdoctoral Research Associate
Texas A&M University at Galveston
Dr. Ingle takes you through the wonderfully weird evolution of manatee skeletons and gives you a closer look into how their bones provide clues about their aquatic lives.
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[REFERENCE] Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission – Florida Manatee Program
[READING] D. Morgan, B. Brady and D. Ingle – Sirenian Biology
[VIDEO SHORT] FWC Fish & Wildlife Research Institute – Science Snippets: Manatee Ribs
[VIDEO SHORT] FWC Fish & Wildlife Research Institute – Science Snippets: Manatee Bone Remodeling
[VIDEO SHORT] FWC Fish & Wildlife Research Institute – Science Snippets: Marching Molars
[VIDEO SHORT] FWC Fish & Wildlife Research Institute – Science Snippets: Cervical Vertebrae
[VIDEO SHORT] The Science of… – Manatee Chronicles 002 |The case of the weird-looking manatee bone
[3D MODEL] University of Wyoming via Sketchfab – Trichechus manatus (manatee), skull
[360 VIDEO] Wildlife Protection Solutions – Swim with Manatees in their Endangered Habitat
[PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATION] Ingle, D. N. and M E. Porter (2020) Developmental changes in bone mechanics from Florida manatees (Trichechus manatus latirostris), obligate swimming mammals. Journal of Experimental Biology, 223(6): jeb213009.
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Dr. Danielle Ingle is a marine biologist, functional morphologist, and biomechanist. She earned a B.S. from the University of Northern Colorado and graduated with both her M.S. and Ph.D. from Florida Atlantic University (FAU). Her research interests focus on investigating connections between the structure and mechanical behavior of hard tissues that comprise the feeding apparatuses and skeletons of marine megafauna such as dolphins, manatees, and sea turtles. She has a particular passion for bones; during graduate school, she and a team of volunteers articulated the skeleton of an adult bottlenose dolphin, which is on display in FAU’s science atrium. Currently, she works as a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the EcoMorphLab and the Gulf Center for Sea Turtle Research at Texas A&M University at Galveston. In her free time you can find her at the beach or mountain climbing in her home state of Colorado.
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