SARASOTA, FL (September 10, 2012) -- Argosy University, Sarasota Program Chair of Research Dr. Ann Weaver, has won a Florida Press Association Award. Weaver, an animal behaviorist and statistician, was recognized for her journalistic work with local dolphin populations.
Tampa Bay Newspapers won 17 awards in the Florida Press Association’s Better Weekly Newspaper Contest, including five first place awards. The awards were presented to Tampa Bay Newspapers at the 2012 Southeastern Press Convention. Weaver was honored with a first place award in the outdoor and recreational category for her article, “Rescuing baby bottlenose dolphin is seaside needle in a haystack.”
Weaver brings unique real world experience to her statistics students as St. Petersburg’s “Dolphin Lady.” Weaver, an animal behaviorist (ethologist), studies free ranging dolphins at sea under a federal permit with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The purpose of her intensive study is to investigate the potential impact of coastal construction as an anthropogenic threat to dolphin populations off St. Petersburg’s west coast.
Weaver is in the eighth year of the study, which lasts through 2016. Through the project, she has established an extensive and highly detailed database that allows her to test hypotheses about the potential impact of construction projects along coastlines, one of the few of its kind. As part of her research, Weaver ventures out into the waters of John’s Pass 10 —12 times per month, for two to eight hours each day, to collect data on the animals and determine the impact the construction of a new waterway bridge in the area has on the creatures. The project extends beyond the research and into the community, as Weaver publishes a regular column about her work in Tampa Bay Newspapers.
Through this local community newspaper, Weaver provides residents with insight into the lives of the dolphins in her study. “This project is a unique opportunity to make science accessible and friendly for people. It helps people learn about wild animals and the issues that affect them.”
To date, Weaver has published 300 articles in the paper and regularly gives richly illustrated talks to local groups of all types. “It helps me to build a rapport with the local community and helps people to be more conservation-conscious long-term,” said Weaver.
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