Research Interests:Kelly Stewart, Ph.D., is a Marine Biologist with the Marine Turtle Genetics Program. She finished her Ph.D. at Duke University in 2007 and taught college courses in North Carolina before moving west in early 2009 to join SWFSC. She now works on various genetics projects on marine turtles as well as participating in a number of field programs. One major field effort that Kelly leads (in St. Croix, USVI) focuses on genetically fingerprinting hatchling leatherback turtles as they leave the beach after emerging from their nests, for the purpose of determining the age to maturity for leatherbacks. Kelly is also involved in leatherback studies in Florida and along the coast of the Southeastern USA. Her research interests include marine vertebrate ecology and behavior, population dynamics and genetics, biogeography, threatened species biology and conservation and field biology.
- Ph.D. Duke University, 2007
- M.Sc. Florida Atlantic University, 2001
- B.Sc. University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, 1994
- Stewart, K.R., and P.H. Dutton. 2011. Paternal genotype reconstruction reveals multiple paternity and sex ratios in a breeding population of leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea). Conservation Genetics.
- Stewart, K.R., J.M. Keller, R. Templeton, J.R. Kucklick, and C. Johnson. 2011. Monitoring persistent organic pollutants in leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) confirms maternal transfer. Marine Pollution Bulletin. doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2011.04.042
- Stewart K.R., R.L. Lewison , D.C. Dunn, R.H. Bjorkland , S. Kelez, P.N. Halpin and L.B. Crowder. 2010 Characterizing Fishing Effort and Spatial Extent of Coastal Fisheries. PLoS ONE 5(12): e14451. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0014451
- Stewart, K., M. Sims, A. Meylan, B. Witherington, B. Brost and L. Crowder. 2010. Leatherback nests increasing significantly in Florida, USA; trends assessed over 30 years using multi-level modeling. Ecological Applications
- Dunn, D.C., K. Stewart, R.H. Bjorkland, M. Haughton, S. Singh-Renton, R. Lewison, L. Thorne, and P.N. Halpin. 2009. A regional analysis of coastal and domestic fishing effort in the wider Caribbean. Fisheries Research 102: 60-68.
- Stewart, K., C. Johnson and M.H. Godfrey. 2007. The minimum size of leatherbacks at reproductive maturity, with a review of sizes for nesting females from the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific Ocean basins. Herpetological Journal 17:123-128.
- Stewart, K., and C. Johnson. 2006. Dermochelys coriacea - Leatherback sea turtle. In: Biology and Conservation of Florida Turtles, edited by P.A. Meylan. Chelonian Research Monographs 3:144-157.
- Eckert, S.A., D. Bagley, S. Kubis, L.M. Ehrhart, C. Johnson, K. Stewart, and D. DeFreese. 2006. Internesting and postnesting movements and foraging habitats of leatherback sea turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) nesting in Florida. Chelonian Conservation and Biology 5(2):239-248.
- Stewart, K.R., and J. Wyneken. 2004. Predation risk to loggerhead hatchlings at a high density nesting beach in southeast Florida. Bulletin of Marine Science 74:325-335.