All dolphin photography taken under MMPA Permit #21938-03.
May not be used for commercial purposes.
The Cedar Key Dolphin Project Board of Directors now has a vacant spot, after one of our invaluable members had to step down. We're looking for someone with the potential to lead long-term investment campaigns and create strategic partnerships. If this sounds like you, send us an email with your qualifications and resume or C.V.
Founder, Principle Investigator
Dr. Stefanie Gazda, University of Florida
Dr. Stefanie Gazda first came to Cedar Key in 2001 as a Masters’ student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth under the guidance of Richard Connor in order to study a feeding behavior a local fisherman had captured on video. This driver-barrier behavior was the first documented case of a division of labor with role specialization in a marine mammal, and the second one in any mammal. She went on to base her PhD work on the dolphins of the Cedar Key area and established what is now known as the Cedar Key Dolphin Project.
Board Member, Graphic Designer
Jeff handles graphic design, community outreach, fundraising,
and administration for the Cedar Key Dolphin Project. He has
been a supporter of Dr. Gazda’s research in Cedar Key since
way back in 2001 as a holder-down-of-the-fort when her field
seasons meant many months away from home. When not
helping out with whatever needs to doing for CKDP, Jeff works
in educational publishing to develop and produce content for
Molly met Stefanie shortly after her first trip to Cedar Key to take a look at the driver-barrier feeding activity of the local dolphins. In her work with Cedar Key News and as manager of Cedar Key Public Library for many years, Molly had plenty of interaction with Stefanie to learn about her research via news articles, photographs and talks for library patrons. Molly always was interested in the idea of the creation of a non-profit research organization, so, when CKDP was formed, Molly enthusiastically joined the board of directors.
Suzanna first worked with the CKDP as a field assistant in 2019 and in 2020. She found the Cedar Key area to be an interesting dolphin population to study, for both the undeveloped coastline and the unique foraging behavior. Currently, Suzanna is still working in the area as a stranding biologist for the University of Florida Marine Animal Rescue, and continues to work alongside the CKDP for cetacean (and the occasional manatee) responses.
Annaliese has been a board member of the Cedar Key Dolphin Project since 2017. In addition to serving on the board, she has assisted in fundraising and social media production. Ms. Wolf is an attorney who lives on the Big Island of Hawaii, where she occasionally glimpses spinner dolphins and monk seals.