Jenna Cole

Position and Affiliation

Wildlife Biologist, University of Florida

Areas of Interest

Ecology and conservation of herpetofauna; Research and conservation of imperiled species; Management and impact mitigation of invasive species.


M.S. 2022 University of Florida, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation B.S. 2015 Towson University, Organismal Biology and Ecology

Project Involvement

Jenna currently is the lead biologist managing the trapping and removal of Argentine black and white tegus in populations located in St. Lucie County, Florida; the Everglades Invasive Reptile and Amphibian Monitoring Program which includes surveys spanning management areas throughout South Florida, including in the Everglades National Park; and implements Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) effort throughout Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. She is also involved in field work performing radiotelemetry tracking and application of VHF and GPS units on tegus and pythons, managing trail cameras to monitor invasive species, and long-term population monitoring projects for American crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus) and American alligators (Alligator missippiensis).


McCaffrey K.R., Balaguera-Reina S.A., Falk B.G., Gati E.V., Cole J.M., Mazzotti F.J. (submitted) How to estimate body condition in large lizards? Argentine black and white tegu (Salvator merianae, Duméril and Bibron, 1839) as a case study. PLOS One.

Jennings, N. D., Gati, E. V., Ramirez, G. A., Cole, J., Mason, B., Briggs Gonzalez, V., & Mazzotti, F. J. (2020). A communal nesting site of the Central American river turtle (Dermatemys mawii) along the New River, Belize. Herpetological Bulletin, 152, 7-10.

Mazzotti, F. J., Nestler, J. H., Cole, J. M., Closius, C., Kern, W. H., Rochford, M. R., ... & Ketterlin, J. K. (2020). Diet of Nile Monitors (Varanus niloticus) Removed from Palm Beach and Broward Counties, Florida, USA. Journal of Herpetology, 54(2), 189-195.

Cole, J. M., Klovanish, C., & Mazzotti, F. J. (2019). Mating of Argentine Black-and-white Tegus (Salvator merianae) in Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA. Reptiles & Amphibians, 26(2), 121-122.

Cole, J.M. (2017). "Geographic Distribution: Phrynomantis microps (West African Rubber Frog)." Herpetological Review 48(4): 808.