May 11, 2011
Join Us in Welcoming Our New Florida Sea Grant Marine Agent!!!
I began my career as a marine science educator, teaching school groups about coral reefs, mangrove ecology, and the nearshore sponge and seagrass habitats at Newfound Harbor Marine Institute (NHMI) in the Florida Keys. At NHMI, I gained experience as a science teacher, snorkel instructor, boat captain, and lifeguard and later transferred that knowledge to educate tourists about coral reef ecosystems aboard a glassbottom boat. As a graduate student, I analyzed the relationship between foraminiferal assemblages (microscopic shelled organisms) and heavy metal concentrations in Biscayne Bay, Florida.
For the past 5 years, I have been happy to work in my own backyard as a field biologist for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Tampa Bay Aquatic Preserves. With 4 aquatic preserves in Hillsborough, Manatee, and Pinellas County, I became familiar with the waters of Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. I volunteer as the Education Officer and divemaster with TRUE Dive Team, a local non-profit youth organization that emphasizes good citizenship and stewardship of our environment
M.S. Marine Science, University of South Florida, FL
B.S. Biology, Truman State University, MO
Pinellas County Sea Grant Extension Agent
1800 Weedon Drive NE
Saint Petersburg, FL 33702