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Kevin Claridge

Vice President for Sponsored Research & Coastal Policy Programs

Sponsored Programs Office

Today's Research for Tomorrow's Oceans


Kevin is pleased to adopt the new role of Mote Associate Vice President for Sponsored Research & Coastal Policy Programs.

Kevin looks forward to applying his 20 years of coastal and regulatory, public policy, science and administrative experience to benefit both Mote’s mission and the health and resiliency of our coasts and oceans. He most recently served as Director of the Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). 

As Associate Vice President for Sponsored Research & Coastal Policy Programs, Kevin will have a vital leadership role in serving as Mote Administrator for the new Florida Red Tide Mitigation and Technology Development Initiative recently approved by the Legislature and Governor. His broader responsibilities will also include oversight of Mote’s Office of Research Grants, Contracts and Sponsored Programs, as well as the Mote Marine Policy Institute.

Kevin brings many years of experience building successful partnerships, growing citizen support and science groups, and serving on boards guiding environmental conservation on a state, regional, and national level.


Graduate Certificate in Public Management from the University of South Florida
Master of Science in Biology from the University of Memphis
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of North Carolina Asheville