Wildlife Research

From the tiny beach mouse to the not so tiny right whale, Florida is home to a wide array of wildlife species. Biologists with the Wildlife Research section monitor the status of Florida’s birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. This includes species important to hunters such as deer, alligator and waterfowl, and imperiled species such as the Florida panther and the Florida manatee. Wildlife managers rely on the information this research provides to develop conservation and restoration plans that ensure the long-term sustainability or survival of Florida’s wildlife populations.


Robin Boughton,
Section Administrator


Annual Budget: $12,893,491
Staff: 132

Highlights on Current Research

  • North Florida Deer Study

    Following the successful South Florida Deer Study, the Wildlife Research group initiated a study of deer in north Florida to better determine habitat use, mortality and other factors for this region of the state.

  • Trends and Characteristics of American Alligator Bites on People in Florida

    The Wildlife Research group launched this study to try and determine the factors that are at play when an alligator bites a human, and to provide science-based recommendations for people living near or around alligators, wildlife managers, and others.