Karen has a masters in biology focused on marine sciences. Currently, she is working on the beaches of Pinellas County to conserve sea turtles. Her research on sea turtle hatchling physiology has been published and featured on the National Geographic website. She has volunteered for many conservation organizations including Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation, Marine Animal Rescue Society, and Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Her passions lay both in marine conservation and education. She has taught summer science camps, elementary school, adult biology labs, and tutored all ages over the past 25 years. Her academic background includes cognitive science and psychology. She believes every individual is a unique learner and prefers hands-on active instruction.