Primary Duties: Conduct beach surveys, identify and record turtle crawls, mark and monitor nests, evaluate hatchling success, excavate and relocate nests, protect nests from predators and human disturbance, enter data into electronic databases and perform research by analyzing nest and hatchling success using geographic information system technology, give educational presentations about sea turtle biology and habitat conservation to local schools and the general public, and lead sea turtle night walks and hatchling releases. Respond to sea turtle stranding events, assist medical staff and provide care for turtles in rehab.
Education & Previous Employment Information
Education: Working on PhD in Coastal and Marine Geography from the University of South Carolina, have Masters Degree in Physical Geography from the University of Alabama and Bachelors Degree in History from Auburn University.
Previous Related Employment: Currently works as an adjunct professor of geography at Broward College. Worked part-time for an environmental consulting firm. Also taught geography at the College of the Bahamas, the University of Alabama, and the University of South Carolina, and was a middle and high school science teacher and coach at North Broward Preparatory School, Grandview Preparatory School, and Palm Beach Central High. Worked as an Arboretum Docent in Alabama, and as a PADI Divemaster for Nassau Scuba Center in Nassau, Bahamas.
Hobbies, Interests, and other Personal Tidbits
Originally from Alabama and enjoys traveling, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, running, biking, swimming, and all things concerning nature, particularly the beach and ocean. Follows news, politics, and sports closely, especially football and baseball. A lifelong fan of the Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Braves and the Auburn Tigers.