Kelly McCaffrey

Position and Affiliation

Wildlife Biologist, University of Florida - Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center

Areas of Interest

Ecological Modeling, Spatial Modeling, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Outreach and Education.


M.S. Marine Biology, Florida Institute of Technology, 2017.

B.S. Marine Biology, Florida Institute of Technology, 2015.

Project Involvement

Kelly is currently involved in the Everglades Invasive Reptile and Amphibian Monitoring Program (EIRAMP), the trapping and removal of invasive Argentine black and white tegus, and the American alligator and American crocodile research and monitoring programs. She also performs data curation and data analysis for many ongoing projects in the lab, including conducting analyses related to the removal of invasive reptiles.


McCaffrey, KR, Balaguera-Reina, SA, Falk, BG, Gati, EV, Cole, JM, and Mazzotti, FJ (2023) 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, 18(2): e0282093. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0282093.

McCaffrey, KR, Paulukonis, EA, Raimondo, S, Sinnathamby, S, Purucker, ST, and Oliver, LM (2023) A multi scale approach for identification of potential pesticide use sites impacting vernal pool critical habitat in California. Science of the Total Environment, 857(1): 159274. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.159274.

van Woesik, R, Roth, LM, Brown, EJ, McCaffrey, KR, and Roth, JR (2020) Niche space of corals along the Florida reef tract. PLOS One, 15(4): e0231104. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0231104.

Raimondo, S, Sharpe, L, Oliver, L, McCaffrey, KR, Purucker, ST, Sinnathamby, S, and Minucci, JM (2019) A unified approach for protecting listed species and ecosystem services in isolated wetlands using community-level protection goals. Science of the Total Environment, 663: 465-478. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.01.153.

van Woesik, R, and McCaffrey, KR (2017) Repeated thermal stress, shading, and directional selection in the Florida Reef Tract. Frontiers in Marine Science, 4: 182. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2017.00182.