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Kat Montgomery, Outgoing Coastal Institute Director

Camp name: Boss Lady

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, Incoming Coastal Institute Director

Camp name: Wild Thing

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

Camp name: Crash

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

Camp name: Otter

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



Alec Knapp, Naturalist

Camp name: Treebark

Education: B.S. Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Administration from California Polytechnic State University

Interests: peanut butter and big trees

Favorite quote: "What's from the earth is of the greatest worth" -Ben Harper



Eric Brunschwiler, Naturalist

Camp name: Woodrat

Education: B.S. Ecology and Evolution from University of California, Santa Cruz

Interests: sustainable agriculture and playing in the ocean

Favorite quote: "Stay together, learn the flowers, go light." -Gary Snyder



Erin Rawls, Naturalist

Camp name: Blue

Education: B.S. Zoology and Psychology from University of Florida

Interests: bird watching and sleeping

Favorite quote: "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." -Ralph Waldo Emerson



Christian Dunn, Naturalist

Camp name: The Lorax

Education: B.A. Zoology from Miami University

Interests: animals and HBO

Favorite quote: "I speak for the trees." -The Lorax