Dr. Mark Flint, Research Assistant Scientist
Research Assistant Scientist
701 Channelside Dr,
Tampa, FL 33608
Dr. Mark Flint joined the SFRC in November 2013 as a Research Assistant Scientist in Coastal and Marine Sciences. He is located at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa where he is serving as their Director of Research and works closely with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. He also holds an international honorary position as Director of the Veterinary-Marine Animal Research, Teaching and Investigation unit in the School of Veterinary Science at The University of Queensland in Australia.
Mark began his career as an ecologist in the cool-temperate waters of Tasmania and hot-subtropical outback of Queensland in Australia in 1997 working for state government and tertiary facilities. Seeking refuge from the climatic extremes, he became a veterinarian in 2005 but it didn’t take long for the call of the wild to combine his love for wildlife and ecology with his medical training. He left his role as a small animal emergency clinician and completed a PhD in the epidemiology of sea turtles in Australian waters in 2010. Mark then moved to UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine to undertake an internship in Aquatic Animal Health while running a research unit back in Australia. Returning to Australia in 2012, Mark resumed his role as a veterinary researcher in marine epidemiology and wildlife clinician until the opportunity to return to UF arose in late 2013.
Mark’s research areas focus on identifying prevalent and emerging diseases in marine and freshwater animal species as they relate to environmental and commercial stressors. The overarching theme to his investigations is to identify anthropogenic and natural pressures that will impact on the survivorship of species and health of the ecosystem. He takes a multi-species approach to this investigation concentrating on fauna that offer potential as a sentinel of ecohealth for their environmental niche. He is widely published on these topics in continuing education, journals and book chapters.
PhD, Veterinary Epidemiology, The University of Queensland, 2010
MPhil, Veterinary Physiology, The University of Queensland, 2005
BVSc, Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, The University of Queensland, 2005
MApplSc, Behavioral Ecology, The University of Queensland, 2000
BSc(Hons), Ecology, University of Tasmania, 1997
BSc, Zoology and Environmental Geography, University of Tasmania, 1996