Faculty & Staff Profiles

Caryn Self-SullivanCaryn Self-Sullivan

Adjunct Professor
cs1733@nova.edu 

Phone number: (504) 287-8207

Education
 Areas of Research
Animal Behavior, Conservation Biology, and Marine Mammals

I am particularly interested in the newly emergent discipline of Conservation behavior, which applies animal behavior knowledge to solving wildlife conservation problems.  My undergraduate degree in Marine Science and my graduate degree in Wildlife & Fisheries Science gradually led me to this new discipline, which is critically important to successful conservation management plans.

My primary research has been focused on manatee and dolphin populations in the Drowned Cayes area of Belize in Central America since 1998.  I also advise and mentor international students who are working with endangered sirenian populations in their own developing countries.  I am currently seeking self-motivated, detailed oriented graduate students to help continue the research in Belize and to help analyze archived data.

Current students:

     Kristin Montour-Grubbs, NSU
    Caitlin Brice, NSU
    Veronica Bailey, NSU
    Laura Eldridge, NSU
    Ted Kendziora, NSU
    Ashley Lancaster, NSU
    Amanda Poland, NSU
    Christiana Wittmaack, NSU
    Catherine Hamilton, NSU
     Haydee Dominguez, Duke University, NC

Previous Graduate Students:

     Kamla Aristide, University of Dschang, Cameroon
     Marie-Lys Bacchus, Loma Linda University, CA

Appletons, Ward, Shane T. Ahyong, Gary Anderson, Martin V. Angel, Tom Artois, Nicolas Bailly, Roger Bamber, Anthony Barber, Ilse Bartsch, Annalisa Berta, Magdalena Błażewicz-Paszkowycz, Phil Bock, Geoff Boxshall, Christopher B. Boyko, Simone Nunes Brandão, Rod A. Bray, Niel L. Bruce, Stephen D. Cairns, Tin-Yam Chan, Lanna Cheng, Allen G. Collins, Thomas Cribb, Marco Curini-Galletti, Farid Dahdouh-Guebas, Peter J.F. Davie, Michael N. Dawson, Olivier De Clerck, Wim Decock, Sammy De Grave, Nicole J. de Voogd, Daryl P. Domning, Christian C. Emig, Christer Erséus, William Eschmeyer, Kristian Fauchald, Daphne G. Fautin, Stephen W. Feist, Charles H.J.M. Fransen, Hidetaka Furuya, Oscar Garcia-Alvarez, Sarah Gerken, David Gibson, Arjan Gittenberger, Serge Gofas, Liza Gómez-Daglio, Dennis P. Gordon, Michael D. Guiry, Francisco Hernandez, Bert W. Hoeksema, Russell R. Hopcroft, Damià Jaume, Paul Kirk, Nico Koedam, Stefan Koenemann, Jürgen B. Kolb, Reinhardt M. Kristensen, Andreas Kroh, Gretchen Lambert, David B. Lazarus, Rafael Lemaitre, Matt Longshaw, Jim Lowry, Enrique Macpherson, Laurence P. Madin, Christopher Mah, Gill Mapstone, Patsy A. McLaughlin, Jan Mees, Kenneth Meland, Charles G. Messing, Claudia E. Mills, Tina N. Molodtsova, Rich Mooi, Birger Neuhaus, Peter K.L. Ng, Claus Nielsen, Jon Norenburg, Dennis M. Opresko, Masayuki Osawa, Gustav Paulay, William Perrin, John F. Pilger, Gary C.B. Poore, Phil Pugh, Geoffrey B. Read, James D. Reimer, Marc Rius, Rosana M. Rocha, José I. Saiz-Salinas, Victor Scarabino, Bernd Schierwater, Andreas Schmidt-Rhaesa, Kareen E. Schnabel, Marilyn Schotte, Peter Schuchert, Enrico Schwabe, Hendrik Segers, Caryn Self-Sullivan, Noa Shenkar, Volker Siegel, Wolfgang Sterrer, Sabine Stöhr, Billie Swalla, Mark L. Tasker, Erik V. Thuesen, Tarmo Timm, M. Antonio Todaro, Xavier Turon, Seth Tyler, Peter Uetz, Jacob van der Land, Bart Vanhoorne, Leen P. van Ofwegen, Rob W.M. van Soest, Jan Vanaverbeke, Genefor Walker-Smith, T. Chad Walter, Alan Warren, Gary C. Williams, Simon P. Wilson, Mark J. Costello). 2013. The Magnitude of Global Marine Species Diversity. Current Biology 22(23):2189-2202. 4 December 2012. Article available online at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960982212011384.

LaCommare, K.S., S. Brault, C. Self-Sullivan, E.M. Hines. 2012. A Boat-based Method for Monitoring Sirenian's: Antillean Manatee Case Study. Biological Conservation 152:1690177.

Self Sullivan, C., and A.A. Mignucci-Giannon. 2012. Chapter 4 West Indian Manatees (Trichechus manatus) in the Wider Caribbean Region. Pages 37-46 in Sirenian Conservation Issues and Strategies in Developing Countries. Edited by Ellen Hines, John Reynolds, Lemuel aragones, Antonio a. Mignucci-Giannoni, Miriam Marmontel- University of Florida Press. 326 pp.

Hoffman, M., et al. 2010. The impact of conservation on the status of the world's vertebrates. Science 330:1503-1509.

Self-Sullivan, C. 2010 Manatee and mangrove special topics in the 6th, 7th, & 8th editions of Moon Handbooks Belize by Joshua Berman and Chicki Mallan, Avalon Travel Publishing, Emeryville, CA.

Bacchus, M-L, S.G. Dunbar, C. Self-Sullivan. 2009 Characterization of resting holes and their use by the Antillean Manatee (Trichechus manatus manatus) in the Drowned Cays Area of Belize, Central America. Aquatic Mammals 35(1):62-71.

LaCommare, K.S., C. Self-Sullivan, and S. Brault. 2008 Distribution and Habitat Use of Antillean Manatees (Trichechus manatus manatus) in the Drowned Cays Area of Belize, Central America. Aquatic Mammals 34(1):34-43.

Self-Sullivan, C. 2008. Conservation of Antillean Manatees in the Drowned Cays Areas of Belize. Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University.

Schipper, J., et al. 2008. The status of the world's land and marine mammals: diversity, threat, and knowledge. Science 322225-230, 10 October 2008. DOI 10.1126/science.1165115.

Deutsch, C.J., C. Self-Sullivan, and A.A. Mignucci-Giannoni. 2007 Trichechus manatus. in 2007 IUCN Red list of Threatened Species ( www.iunredlist.org).

C.J., C. Self-Sullivan, and A.A. Mignucci-Giannoni. 2007 Trichechus manatus manatus. in 2007 IUCN Red list of Threatened Species ( www.iunredlist.org).

Self-Sullivan, C., and L. Bird. 2007. Marine Science for Students Workbook. BRC Publishers, Benque, Belize.

Self-Sullivan, C., Smith, G.W., Packard, J.M., and LaCommare, K.S. 2003. Seasonal occurrence of male Antillean Manatees (Trichechus manatus manatus) on the Belize Barrier Reef. Aquatic Mammals 29(3): 342-354.

Williams, Jr., E.H., Mignucci-Giannoni, A.A., Bunkley-Williams, L., Bonde, R.K. Self-Sullivan, C., Preen, A., and Cockcroft, V.G. 2003 Echeneid-sirenian associations, with information on sharksucker diet. Journal of Fish biology 631176-1183.