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Kelli O'Donnell

Fish Biologist
Sustainable Fisheries Division/Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Branch
Office: (727) 824-5305
Email: Kelli.ODonnell@noaa.gov

Kelli O'Donnell

Fish Biologist

Kelli graduated from Florida Institute of Technology with a Bachelors of Science in marine biology and from the University of Florida with a Masters of Science in fisheries and aquatic sciences. She began her career with NOAA in 2012 as a commercial fisheries sampler in the Florida Keys. In 2016, she began working for NOAA's Southeast Regional Office as a fisheries biologist for the Gulf of Mexico. She now works collaboratively with two regional fishery management councils promulgating management decisions. Her specialties include spiny lobster, greater amberjack, king mackerel, sea turtle release gear, and the invasive lionfish. Previously, Kelli worked on coral restoration projects and recently completed a detail with the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program. Kelli enjoys participating in outreach events with NOAA and bridging the gap between science, management, and stakeholders.  


O’Donnell, K. E., K. E. Lohr, E. Bartels, I. B. Baums, and J. P. Patterson. (2018). Acropora cervicornis genet performance and symbiont identity throughout the restoration process. Coral Reefs 37(4):1109-1118. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00338-018-01743-y

O’Donnell, K. E., K. E. Lohr, E. Bartels, and J. P. Patterson. (2017). Evaluation of staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis,  Lamarck 1816) production techniques in an ocean-based nursery with consideration of coral genotype.  Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 487:53-58. 

Tremain, D. M. and K. E. O'Donnell. (2014). Total mercury levels in invasive lionfish, Pterois volitans and Pterois miles (Scorpaenidae), from Florida waters.Bulletin of Marine Science 90(2):565–578. http://dx.doi.org/10.5343/bms.2013.1025