Executive Director – Michele Kittell
Michele received her M.S. in Zoology from Clemson University and her B.S. in Biology from Pennsylvania State University. Her diverse research background ranges from studying the ecological effect of an invasive plant species to fish behavior and genetics. She has participated in coral reef surveying in the Bahamas, fish health and husbandry research, and dolphin cognition projects. Michele enjoys teaching in formal and informal settings. Her experience includes teaching environmental science courses at community colleges, leading workshops for the general public on the indigenous flora and fauna of Oconee State Park in South Carolina, and introducing marine ecology to guests of Disney’s The Seas. Michele has published several scientific manuscripts and has presented her work nationally and internationally. She is an avid conservation biologist and enjoys working on community projects as well as hiking, birding, and photographing nature.