Lucy Keith-Diagne, Ph.D., specializes in African manatee research and conservation studies, including status and distribution, threat assessments and mitigation, population genetics, and feeding ecology. Additionally, as a founding member of the Senegal Stranding Network, Lucy focuses on African marine mammal strandings and bycatch reduction in Senegal and throughout West Africa. She has also trained more than 90 African biologists and has supervised over twelbe graduate students in African and American universities. In 2008, she initiated a collaborative network for manatee fieldwork and conservation, which now has members in 19 African countries.
The goals of Lucy’s work are to raise awareness and to work to reduce threats for the African manatee in its 21 range countries, to define populations across the species range, and to reduce the impacts of bycatch for all African marine mammals. Lucy works collaboratively with governments, universities, and other NGOs for long-term protection and increased knowledge of African manatees and cetaceans.
Manatees, Conservation Leadership, Social Media, Public Speaking, Conservation in Developing Countries, Advocacy, and Education
Hunter M.E., Meigs-Friend G, Ferrante JA, Takoukam Kamla A and Keith-Diagne, L. (2018) Surveys of environmental DNA (eDNA): a new approach to estimate occurrence in Vulnerable manatee populations. Endang Species Res 35:101-111. https://doi.org/10.3354/esr00880
Marsh, H., E.M. Arraut, L. Keith Diagne, H. Edwards, and M. Marmontel. 2017. The Impact of Climate Change and Loss of Habitat on Sirenians. In A. Butterworth, ed. Marine Mammal Welfare. Spring International Publishing. Link.
Adimey, N., M. Ross, M. Hall, J.P. Reid, M.E. Barlas, L.W. Keith Diagne, and R.K. Bonde. 2016.Twenty-six years of post-release monitoring of Florida manatees: Evaluation of a cooperative rehabilitation program. Aquatic Mammals, 42(3): 376-391. http://dx.doi.org/10.1578/AM.42.3.2016.376
Keith Diagne, L. 2016. Discovering the Forgotten Sirenian. Save Our Seas Magazine Issue 5: 54-67.
Keith Diagne, L. 2016. African Manatees: Transboundary challenges and conservation planning. In A.A. Aguirre and R. Sukumar, eds. Tropical conservation: Perspectives on local and global priorities. Oxford University Press, New York. Link.
Awards and Fellowships
2019 Alumni Achievement Award, University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine
2018 National Geographic Explorer
2017 Pew Marine Fellowship
2017 IFAW Marine Mammal Conservation and Welfare Award
2003 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Manatee Conservation Award