Sea turtles will be the focus at OceanWise. Catherine (Cat) Eastman, sea turtle program coordinator at The Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience Sea Turtle Hospital will be this year’s keynote speaker. She has been working with sea turtles in Florida since 1998. Growing up on the Atlantic Coast, Cat has always had a love for the ocean and its inhabitants.

She started her career with sea turtles while studying at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. There, Cat joined the sea turtle conservation program at Gumbo Limbo Environmental Complex as a marine turtle specialist. She transferred to the University of North Florida to finish her degree and accepted an environmental educator position at GTM Research Reserve.

Cat taught environmental education to K-12 school kids and led beach and upland nature hikes for adults and undergraduates. During that time, her husband and she incorporated a conservation non-profit to help support sea turtle nesting work and research.

When she isn’t working, Cat enjoys running and spending time at the beach with her husband, son and golden retriever. To attend OceanWise, click here.