● Graduate Certificate, Nova Southeastern University, 2015, Coastal Studies
● Master of Arts, Nova Southeastern University, expected 2016, Marine & Coastal Studies
Katelyn Cucinotta, conservation biologist and manager of Sea to Shore Alliance’s Healthy Habitats & Oceans (H2 O) program is based out of Boynton Beach, Florida. She graduated from the University of South Florida-St. Petersburg where she earned a B.Sc. in Environmental Science & Policy and began preparing a GIS-based manuscript on the effectiveness of the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act for reducing manatee mortality by vessel collision. Katelyn worked for almost two years as GIS Assistant at NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office before becoming a research assistant at Nova Southeastern University’s Oceanographic Center. Here she worked mainly as a scientific diver in the Coral Reef Restoration Assessment and Monitoring (CRRAM) Lab under Dr. David Gilliam. Katelyn has also studied solutions to ocean pollution in the Gulf of Maine on a live aboard sailboat with The Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean and served as a scientist aboard NOAA’s shark and red snapper bottom longline survey in 2014.
When she is not promoting our social media campaign, #take4sea2shore, or planning dive and beach cleanup events for Sea to Shore Alliance’s H2O program, you can find Katelyn teaching about marine debris in schools and dive shops or working toward her masters degree in Marine and Coastal Studies from Nova Southeastern University. Otherwise she is combing the beach or reef for trash and sharing her experiences through photography and short films.