Chris Gillette

Position and Affiliation

Wildlife Biologist, UF - Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center

Areas of Interest

Environmental education and outreach, ecology and conservation of herpetofauna, invasive species biology, wildlife photography


B.S. Environmental studies, Certificate in Biodiversity Conservation and Management, Florida International University, 2011

Project Involvement

Chris is currently involved in monitoring American alligators and American crocodiles as indicators of Everglades Restoration, A Collaborative Program to Remove and Necropsy Spectacled Caiman, and Everglades Invasive Reptile and Amphibian Monitoring Program (EIRAMP). Previously involved in Burmese python surveys with Irula tribal snake hunters.

Select Publications

Gillette, C.R., and K.L. Krysko. 2012. New county record for the veiled chameleon, Chamaeleo calyptratus Dumeríl and Bibron 1851 (Sauria: Chamaeleonidae), in Florida. IRCF Reptiles & Amphibians 19:130-131. Full PDF

Krysko, K.L., C.R. Gillette, R.M. Reichart, L.P. Nuñez, N.T. Coutu, J.A. Wasilewski, K.M. Enge, and A.P. Borgia. 2012. Preliminary dietary analysis for the non-indigenous Oustalet's chameleon, Furcifer oustaleti (Mocquard 1894) (Squamata: Chamaeleonidae), in southern Florida. IRCF Reptiles & Amphibians 19(4):280-287. Full PDF

Krysko, K.L., L.A. Somma, M.R. Rochford, C.R. Gillette, K.M. Enge, and D. Cueva. 2012. Taxonomic corrections of certain verified non-indigenous reptiles from Florida reported by Krysko et al. (2011). Zootaxa 3199:66-68. Full PDF

Krysko, K.L., J.P. Burgess, M.R. Rochford, C.R. Gillette, D. Cueva, K.M. Enge, L.A. Somma, J.L. Stabile, D.C. Smith, J.A. Wasilewski, G.N. Kieckhefer III, M.C. Granatosky, and S.V. Nielsen. 2011. Verified non-indigenous amphibians and reptiles in Florida from 1863 through 2010: Outlining the invasion process and identifying invasion pathways and stages. Zootaxa 3028:1-64. Full PDF

Gillette, C.R., K.L. Krysko, J.A. Wasilewski, G.N. Kieckhefer III, E.F. Metzger III, M.R. Rochford, and D. Cueva. 2010. Oustalet's Chameleon, Furcifer oustaleti (Mocquard 1894) (Chamaeleonidae), a Non-indigenous Species Newly Established in Florida. IRCF Reptiles & Amphibians 17:248-249. Full PDF

Krysko et al. 2016. New Verified Nonindigenous Amphibians and Reptiles in Florida through 2015, with a Summary of Over 152 Years of Introductions. IRCF Reptiles & Amphibians 23:110-143. Full Text

Rochford, M.R., K.L. Krysko, F.J. Mazzotti, M.H. Shirley, M.W. Parry, J.A. Wasilewski, J.S. Beauchamp, C.R. Gillette, E.F. Metzger III, M.S. Squires, and L.A. Somma. 2016. Molecular Analyses Confirming the Introduction of Nile Crocodiles, Crocodylus niloticus Laurenti 1768 (Crocodylidae), in Southern Florida, With an Assessment of Potential for Establishment, Spread, and Impacts. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 11(1):80-89. Full Text