Peer-Reviewed Publications

Brightwell, K. & Gibson, Q. (2023) Inter- and intrapopulation variation in bottlenose dolphin mating strategies. In: B. Würsig & D. Orbach (Eds.). Sex in Cetaceans: Morphology, Behavior, and the Evolution of Sexual Strategies. Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-031-35651-3_12


Szott, E.A., Brightwell, K. & Gibson, Q. (2022) Assessment of social mixing and spatial overlap as a pathway for disease transmission in a northeast Florida estuarine dolphin community. Mammalian Biology. DOI: 10.1007/s42991-022-00282-y


Brown, A., Romanis, C., Dvorak, P., Foss, A., Gibson, Q., Villanueva, C., Durden, W., Garvey, A., Jenkins, P., Hasler, P., Johansen, J., Neilan, B., & Casamatta, D. (2021). A new species of cryptic cyanobacteria isolated from the epidermis of a bottlenose dolphin and as a bioaerosol. Phycologia 60(6): 603-618. DOI: 10.1080/00318884.2021.1968173


Brightwell, K., Titcomb, E.M., Mazzoil, M. & Gibson, Q. (2020). Common bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) social structure and distribution changes following the 2008 Unusual Mortality Event in the Indian River Lagoon, Florida. Marine Mammal Science 36(4):1271-1290. 1-20. DOI: 10.1111/mms.12716


Mazzoil, M., Gibson, Q., Durden, W.N., Borkowski, R., Biedenbach, G., McKenna, Z., Gordon, N., Brightwell, K., Denny, D., Howells, E., Jakush, J., Moreland, L., Perna, A., & Caldwell, M. (2020). Spatiotemporal Movements of Common Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus truncatus) in Northeast Florida, U.S. Aquatic Mammals 46(3): 285-300. DOI:1578/AM.46.3.2020.285.


Brown, A., Foss, A., Miller, M., & Gibson, Q. (2018). Detection of cyanotoxins (microcystins/nodularins) in livers from estuarine and coastal bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) from Northeast Florida. Harmful Algae 76: 23-34. DOI:10.1016/j.hal.2018.04.011.


Nekolny, S., Denny, M., Biedenbach, G., Howells, E., Mazzoil, M., Durden, W.N., Moreland, L., Lambert, J.D., & Gibson, Q. (2017). Effects of study area size on home range estimates of common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). Current Zoology 63(6): 693-701. DOI: 10.1093/cz/zox049.


Ermak, J., Brightwell, K. & Gibson, Q. (2017). Multi-level dolphin alliances in northeastern Florida offer comparative insight into pressures shaping alliance formation. Journal of Mammalogy 98(4): 1096-1104. DOI: 10.1093/jmammal/gyx053.


Gibson, Q., Howells, E., Lambert, J., Mazzoil, M. & Richmond, J. (2013). The ranging patterns of female bottlenose dolphins with respect to reproductive status: Testing the concept of nursery areas. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 445: 53-60. DOI: 10.1016/j.jembe.2013.03.020.

Dr. Gibson's Prior Publications:

Stanton, M.A., Gibson, Q.A. & Mann, J. (2011). When mum’s away: A study of mother and calf ego networks during separations in wild bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops sp.)Animal Behaviour 82(2): 405-412.


Gibson, Q.A. & Mann, J. (2009). Do sampling method and sample size affect basic measures of dolphin sociality? Marine Mammal Science 25(1): 187-198.


Mann, J., Sargeant, B.L., Gibson, Q.A., Heithaus, M.R., Connor, R.C. & Patterson, E. (2008). Why do dolphins carry sponges? PLoS ONE 3(12): e3868. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0003868.


Gibson, Q.A. & Mann, J. (2008). Early social development in wild bottlenose dolphins: sex differences, individual variation and maternal influence. Animal Behaviour 76(2): 375-387.


Gibson, Q.A. & Mann, J. (2008). The size, composition, and function of wild bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops sp.) mother-calf groups in Shark Bay, Australia. Animal Behaviour 76(2): 389-405.


Gibson, Q.A. (2006). Non-lethal shark attack on a bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops sp.) calf. Marine Mammal Science 22(1): 192-198.

Conference Presentations

Our research team has a strong track record of presenting research findings at regional, national and international scientific conferences.

Research team in NZ
Our research team in New Zealand for the 2013 Society for Marine Mammalogy Conference
Research team in Alaska
Our research team in Alaska for the 2015 Animal Behavior Society Conference


Research team in Canada
Our research team in Nova Scotia, Canada for the 2017 Society for Marine Mammalogy Conference