Staff Interviews

Whitney Nolton

Whitney Nolton

Whitney Nolton
Program Manager for Undergraduate Marine & Atmospheric Sciences

I am originally from Greenfield, Indiana and my passion for the ocean was found in the sixth grade while taking an oceanic summer enrichment course. Since then I have obtained a bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology and in Environmental Science from the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. During my time at UNE I both volunteered and worked at the Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center. The rehabilitation facility is part of a network of centers authorized to rehabilitate stranded marine mammals and sea turtles and works to develop the most effective means of rehabilitation and researches marine mammal mortality. I was also part of a three year study focusing on fringing salt marsh habitat; identifying indicators that could be used for long term monitoring purposes as well as for understanding the functional status of a particular fringing salt marsh at a single point in time.

I then moved to sunny Florida to obtain a master’s degree in Marine Biology and Marine Environmental Science from Nova Southeastern University. For the past six years I have been the Coordinator of Administrative Operations for the College of Pharmacy within NSU and a Sea Turtle Specialist for Broward County. Through the Broward County Sea Turtle Program I survey all beaches in the county documenting and collecting data on crawls, size, species, lighting and disorientation issues, and nests. Nests are inventoried, collecting data on hatchlings, numbers, and survival rates. I am also involved in sea turtle strandings and public education.

I am very excited to join the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and to use my passion for the ocean, outreach, and academia to find my place within the UM family.