Kristy Brightwell

Lecturer | Coastal Behavioral Ecologist

Biology | College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Research Interests: Marine Mammal Behavioral Ecology, Social Complexity, and Mating Strategies

Teaching Responsibilities: Principles of Biology (BSC 1005C), General Biology I (BSC 1010C), General Biology II (BSC 1011C), General Biology III (BSC 2012C), Principles of Ecology (PCB 3043C), Anatomy & Physiology I (BSC 2085C), Anatomy & Physiology II (BSC 2086C), Dolphin Behavioral Ecology Field Course (BSC 4930)



B.S. (Double major, Biology and Interdisciplinary Studies: Marine Sciences) University of Georgia (2012)

M.S. (Biology) University of North Florida (2016)



UNF Biology Graduate Student Research Award 2015

UNF Student Government Graduate Scholarship 2014, 2015

UNF Student Government Travel Award 2013

UNF Coastal Biology Travel Award 2013, 2015

HOPE Scholarship 2009-2012


Northeast Florida Dolphin Research Consortium

Society for Marine Mammalogy

Animal Behavior Society

Grants and Contracts Awarded

UNF Graduate Student Research Grant 2015


Publications & Presentations

Ermak, J., Brightwell, K. & Gibson, Q. 2017. Multi-level dolphin alliances in northeastern Florida offer comparative insight into pressures shaping alliance formation. Journal of Mammalogy 98(4): 1096-1104. DOI: 10.1093/jmammal/gyx053.

BrightwellContact Information

Building 59, Room 3311

(904) 620-5180