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Kat Montgomery, Coastal Institute Director

Education: B.S. Environmental Science from University of Virginia

Interests: breakfast burritos and the ocean

Favorite quote: "In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught." -Baba Diom

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Bill Thornton, Program Coordinator

Education: B.S. Recreation and Park Administration from Illinois State University

Interests: hiking and rock climbing

Favorite quote: “Get outside and make it a good one!” -unknown

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Alex Feltes, Naturalist

Education: B.S. Conservation Biology; Global Studies from Saint Lawrence University

Interests: manatees and espresso

Favorite quote: “When you enter the ocean, you enter the food chain, and not necessarily at the top.” -Jacques Cousteau


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Holly Pierro, Naturalist

Education: B.S. Zoology from Texas A&M University

Interests: Texas and chicken nuggets

Favorite quote: “The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” –Dr. Seuss

Spring 2018 Naturalists coming soon!!