Sarasota Dolphin Research Program

Dr. Krystan Wilkinson

Dr. Krystan Wilkinson

Postdoctoral Scientist

Krystan Wilkinson is a postdoctoral scientist employed by the Chicago Zoological Society and based at Mote Marine Laboratory as part of a partnership to engage in dolphin research, education and conservation action. Wilkinson is also an adjunct scientist with the Sharks & Rays Conservation Research Program at Mote. Her research assesses predator-prey interactions between sharks and coastal bottlenose dolphin populations in southwestern Florida.  


Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Ecology, University of Florida (2018) 

M.Sc. Wildlife Ecology and Conservation (2014), University of Florida

Certificate, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (2010), University of Wisconsin 

B.S. Zoology, University of Wisconsin (2008)

B.S. Biological Aspects of Conservation, University of Wisconsin (2008)


McBride-Kebert, S., J.S. Taylor, K.A. Wilkinson, H. Lyn, F.R. Moore, D.F. Sacco, B. Kar, and S.A. Kuczaj, II. In Review. Common bottlenose dolphin, Tursiops truncatus, seasonal habitat use and interactions with habitat characteristics in Roanoke Sound, North Carolina. International Journal of Comparative Psychology.

Cerutti-Pereyra, F., K. Bassos-Hull, X. Arvizu-Torres, K.A. Wilkinson, I. García-Carrillo, J.C. Perez-Jimenez, R.E. Hueter.  2017. Observations of spotted eagle rays (Aetobatus narinari) in the Mexican Caribbean using photo-ID.  Environmental Biology of Fishes,

Mullin, K.D., T. McDonald, R.S. Wells, B.C. Balmer, T. Speakman, C. Sinclair, E.S. Zolman, F. Hornsby, S.M. McBride, K.A. Wilkinson, and L.H. Schwacke. 2017. Density, survival, and ranging patterns of common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Mississippi Sound following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. PLoS ONE, 12(10): e0186265. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0186265.

Wilkinson, K.A., R.S. Wells, W.E. Pine, III, R.R. Borkhataria. 2017. Shark bite scar frequency in resident common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Sarasota Bay, Florida. Marine Mammal Science. doi: 10.1111/mms.12385

Wells, R.S., L.H. Schwacke, T.K. Rowles, B.C. Balmer, E. Zolman, T. Speakman, F.I. Townsend, M. Tumlin, A. Barleycorn, K.A. Wilkinson. 2017. Ranging Patterns of common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in and near Barataria Bay, Louisiana, following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Endangered Species Research, 33: 159-180.

Bassos-Hull, K., K.A. Wilkinson, P.T. Hull, D.A. Dougherty, K.L. Omori, L.E. Ailloud, J. Morris, R.E. Hueter.  2014.  Life history and seasonal occurrence of the spotted eagle ray, Aetobatus narinari, in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.  Environmental Biology of Fishes, 97:1039-1056.

Brockmeier, E.K., W.E. Pine, K.A. Wilkinson, N.D. Denslow. 2014.  Exposure to paper mill effluent at a site in North Central Florida elicits molecular-level changes in gene expression indicative of progesterone and androgen exposure.  PLoS ONE, 9(9): e106644. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0106644