Southeast Volusia Audubon Society, P.O. Box 46, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170;

November 2018 Speaker

Dr. Katie Tripp is the director of Science and Conservation for Save the Manatee Club, an organization dedicated to “protecting the manatees and their aquatic habitat for future generations, by aiding in the recovery and protection of manatees and their aquatic ecosystems throughout the world.” Dr. Tripp received her Bachelor’s degree with honors from Eckerd College, where she majored in Marine Science and minored in  both Chemistry and Environmental Policy. Dr. Tripp earned a Master’s Certificate in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Florida’s College of Engineering and also received her Ph.D. in Veterinary Medical Sciences from UF. Before joining the Save the Manatee Club, she worked as a biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Marine Mammal Pathobiology Laboratory and as a manatee consultant for one of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Projects. She has authored and co-authored multiple papers related to the conservation of manatees and their habitat.

At the 2008 Marine Mammal Health Conference, Dr. Tripp received the Reep-Bonde Florida Manatee Biology and Conservation Award for her research that furthered the basic knowledge of fundamental manatee biology. She served on the State’s Boating Advisory Council and was a Supervisor with the Volusia County Soil and Water Conservation District. She completed a term as Chair of the Manatee Rescue and Rehabilitation Partnership and served on the Executive Committee of the Florida Springs Council and the Steering Committees of the Blue Spring Alliance and Floridians’ Clean Water Declaration.

Come and bring a friend.  Free cookies!