Being a Long Island native, Kayla gained an interest in science at a young age. Not everyone knows what they want to study “when they grow up”, but Kayla was always intrigued by the ocean and the mysteries unfolding beneath them. After participating in Marine Science camp at a young age and then enrolling in Oceanography and Marine Ecology classes as a junior in high school, Kayla knew she was following her passion.
Kayla received her BS degree in Marine Vertebrate Biology from Stony Brook University in 2012, and her MAT degree in Science Education at Queens College in 2017, paired with a teaching certification in Biology for grades 7-12.
Originally from Smithtown, Kayla is excited to be back near her hometown and to be welcomed as the newest member of the Avalon team! She hopes to showcase her experiences with Marine/Environmental sciences as well as her niche for teaching.
Took a Tropical Marine Ecology course in Jamaica where she conducted her own research project on the biodiversity of marine life in and around mangrove roots
Went to Glover’s Reef in Belize for a week with the Earthwatch Institute to collaborate on a shark conservation research project
Lived on a 130 foot, 3 masted tallship in Long Beach, California for three months as a deckhand and Marine Science educator
Upon her return from California, Kayla did similar work locally on an oyster sloop in Oyster Bay, New York