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Kerri Scolardi

Senior Biologist

Manatee Research Program

Today's Research for Tomorrow's Oceans



Mrs. Scolardi began working at Mote Marine Laboratory (MML) in 1999 as a technician for the Marine Mammal Stranding Program and transferred to the Manatee Research Department in 2000. She is currently the Aerial Survey Coordinator and GIS Database Manager for the Manatee Research Program. While at MML, she has engaged in numerous research projects involving aerial and boat-based surveys of manatee distribution, manatee photo-identification, telemetry and behavioral studies with manatees, sea turtle abundance and distribution, and aerial and boat-based surveys of vessel traffic patterns. In addition, she has performed more than 400 hours of low-level marine mammal aerial surveys.


1997 B.S. Marine Biology, Florida Atlantic University

2004 M.S. Marine Science, University of South Florida

Additional Publications

Powell J.A., K. M. Scolardi, and L. Keith-Diagne. 2019. Sirenians. Pp. 641-650 in Cochran, J. Kirk; Bokuniewicz, J. Henry; Yager, L. Patricia (eds.) Encyclopedia of Ocean Sciences, 3rd Edition, vol.[2]. Oxford: Elsevier.
Reynolds, J.E., III, J.A. Powell, L.W. Keith Diagne, S.L. Barton, and K.M. Scolardi. 2018. Manatees. Pages 558-566 in B.Wursig, J.G.M. Thewissen, and K.M. Kovacs (eds.) Encyclopedia of marine mammals, 3rd Edition. Academic Press, San Diego, CA.
Semeyn, D. J., Hebert, J., Cush, C. C., Scolardi, K. M., McBride, J. D., Grealish, D., Reynolds, J. E., III. 2011. Aerial surveys of manatees (Trichechus manatus) in Lee County, Florida, provide insights regarding manatee abundance and real time information for managers and enforcement officers. Journal of Coastal Conservation 15(4):573-583 (DOI: 10.1007/s11852-011-0146-3).
Scolardi, K.M., L.H. Schwacke, J.K. Koelsch, J.E. Reynolds, III, T.J. Kessenich, J.M. Sprinkel, Janet G. Gannon. 2009. Trends in counts of manatees Trichechus manatus latirostris from 1987 to 2006 in waters of Sarasota County, Florida, USA. Endangered Species Research 9:1-11.
Carney, S. L., E. E. Bolen, S. L. Barton, K. M. Scolardi, C. C. Englund, M. D. Tringali, and J. E. Reynolds, III. 2007. A minimally invasive method of field sampling for genetic analyses of the Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris). Marine Mammal Science 23(4):967-975.
Gannon, J. G., K. M. Scolardi, J. E. Reynolds, III, J. K. Koelsch, and T. J. Kessenich. 2007. Habitat selection by manatees in Sarasota Bay, Florida. Marine Mammal Science 23(1):133-143.
Scolardi, K.M., K.L. Daly, E.A. Pakhomov, J.J. Torres. 2006. Feeding ecology and metabolism of the Antarctic cydippid ctenophore, Callianira antarctica. Marine Ecology Progress Series 317: 111-126.