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Dr. Alli Candelmo

Conservation Science Manager
Reef Environmental Education Foundation
98300 Overseas HWY
Key Largo,  
United States


Alli Candelmo, Ph.D. is REEF’s Conservation Science Manager. Alli joined the REEF team in 2018 and brings a wealth of experience to the organization. She attended Rutgers University where she obtained a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution. She has studied the population dynamics and management strategies of invasive lionfish in the Cayman Islands, Florida and Turks and Caicos, working with the local stakeholders and communities to help improve removal efforts and gain a better understanding of invasive lionfish. Her doctoral and postdoctoral research examined a number of anthropogenic impacts on coastal ecosystems and early life history finfish, including; toxicants, ocean acidification and increased temperatures. She has worked with REEF's Grouper Moon project since 2016, contributing to the conservation research and examining survivorship of early life stages of Nassau and Tiger Grouper. She is a strong advocate for the conservation of coastal and marine ecosystems and the importance of citizen scientist and local community programs.


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