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Dr. Kristen Ranges (she/her)

Mote SEA Coordinator


Today's Research for Tomorrow's Oceans


Kristen (she/her) is focused on Education, Environmental Law and Policy, Toxicology, Neurobehavior.

Kristen Ranges earned her JD from the University of Miami School of Law and PhD from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Sciences. Her research focuses on the effects of oil exposure on the nervous system and neurobehavioral disorders in Zebrafish (Danio rerio) to demonstrate the value of increasing the admissibility of animal model studies as evidence in toxic tort litigation. In her current role as the Mote SEA Coordinator, Dr. Ranges is conducting a needs assessment for local school districts to then create accessible, engaging, inclusive, and comprehensive science curricula for programs administered at Mote SEA’s teaching laboratories. Her goal is to provide hands-on marine science education and demonstrate the exciting potential and attainability of a future career in science.


JD, University of Miami School of Law
PhD, Environmental Science and Policy, Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science
BS, Marine Science, University of Delaware

Additional Publications

Ranges, K. (2023). Animals Aiding Justice: The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Ensuing Neurobehavioral Impacts as a Case Study for Using Animal Models in Toxic Tort Litigation (991031921721002976) [Dissertation, University of Miami].

Kristen Ranges & Jessica Owley, Vermin of Proof: Arguments for the Admissibility of Animal Model Studies as Proof of Causation in Toxic Tort Litigation, 34 GEORGETOWN ENVTL. L. REV. 303 (2022).