Whitney came to Oceana in August 2018 after receiving her Masters of Environmental Management degree from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, where she interviewed stakeholders and analyzed news media sources for a project on the perceptions of shellfish mariculture in response to economic and legislative changes.
While at Duke, she also received a Certificate of Community Based Environmental Management and completed an internship with Friends of the Earth in Berkeley, CA. Prior to her current position, Whitney served as the Seafood Science Intern at Oceana, during which she helped wrap up seafood sample collection, analyze the results, and compile the report.
Whitney has a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science/Biology from The University of Alabama, with a minor in Public Policy. During her undergrad, she worked in an animal behavior research laboratory and traveled to South Africa to assist with white shark population dynamics studies. Whitney received her scuba certification in high school and, since then, has dived in Mexico, South Africa, and Florida, and hopes to dive the Great Barrier Reef someday.