Sea Turtle Conservation & Research

Kristen Mazzarella

Kristen Mazzarella

Senior Biologist

Kristen joined the Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program in 2008 as staff biologist monitoring nesting loggerheads (Caretta caretta) and green turtles (Chelonia mydas) on 35 miles of sea turtle nesting beach. She was promoted to Senior Biologist in 2009. Since then, she has managed >250 turtle patrol volunteers (2009-2011) and currently leads the coordination of the morning patrol program. Since 1998, she has studied sea turtles in North Carolina, South Carolina and now Florida and her varied experience includes genetics, stranding response, rehabilitation, necropsy, satellite tagging, and live trawl and seine captures. She holds Florida Marine Turtle Permits for Longboat, Siesta and Casey Keys and the STCRP research permit. At Mote, her interests lie in studying anthropogenic disturbances to nesting turtles on the beach. To date, she has investigated the curing properties of epoxy for satellite attachment, trends in disorientations in order to develop better light-management strategies, and post-release behavior of a rehabilitated adult male loggerhead.


M.S. Marine Biology, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC. Thesis: Analysis of stranded loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) in North and South Carolina: Genetic composition and effectiveness of newly implemented TED regulations. B.S. Biology/Animal Behavior, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA