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Jessica Blackburn

Stranding Biologist

Stranding Investigations Program

Today's Research for Tomorrow's Oceans


Jessica was an intern with the Stranding Investigations Program from November 2016 to May 2017, during which she created a new datasheet for use by Mote Marine Lab to record fibropapilloma tumors in sea turtles and did a retrospective analysis on the disease to complete her Master’s degree in August 2017. Prior to moving to Sarasota, she was a sea turtle nesting surveyor with Dry Tortugas National Park, stationed out of Key West.


B.S. in Biology from Florida Atlantic University
MPS in Marine Mammal Science from the University of Miami, RSMAS