As Director of Education and Community Engagement, Kaitlin designs and implements strategic, public-facing ocean science education programming for BIOS. She works across disciplinary silos to cultivate and maintain relationships with schools, professional associations and non-profit organizations locally and internationally.
As part of BIOS's local educational mission, Kaitlin directs Ocean Academy, BIOS’s suite of five local education programs, Kaitlin works to connect community assets to the BIOS campus by cultivating authentic relationships. Kaitlin envisions what the Academy can achieve and works to ensure that the highest standards of education are met. Ocean Academy programs encourage Bermudian students aged 8 to 22 and educators across the island to draw on the natural environment and the world-class scientific research conducted at BIOS. Kaitlin makes certain that BIOS provides comprehensive inclusive and innovative education programs that inspire, empower and support students as they strive toward careers in the sciences.
Before joining the BIOS team in 2010, Kaitlin was a coordinator and instructor for the Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability (EICES) at Columbia University. Kaitlin received her Master’s in Conservation Biology in 2008 from Columbia. Kaitlin holds a BSc. (Hons) in Marine Biology from Roger Williams University (’06) and is a graduate of the Duke Environmental Leadership Program (DEL) (’16). She is currently enrolled in the Nonprofit Management certificate at Oregon State University College of Business.
- Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance- Ocean Literacy Working Group
- Marine Advanced Technology Education Center – Bermuda Regional Coordinator
- Raspberry Pi Foundation- Picademy alumni
- Member of the National Marine Educators Association
- Member of the National Allicance for Broader Impacts
- Educators Association: NOAA Teacher at Sea Alumni Network
- Ocean Discovery Fellowship Network - Massachusetts Institute of Technology Open Ocean Initiative