Before earning her PhD, Krista worked at the Bahamas National Trust as Global Environment Facility (GEF) Full Size Project (FSP) Coordinator and Science Officer; the Cape Eleuthera Institute and Island School as a Research Associate and Advisor; and at Atlantis as an Aquarist. She has extensive marine animal husbandry and research experience — evaluating the status of Nassau grouper spawning aggregations; applying molecular biology and acoustic telemetry for assessments of population genetics and spatial connectivity of Nassau grouper, assessing impacts of invasive lionfish on native species and ecosystems; monitoring the health of coral reef, mangrove and seagrass habitats; coral restoration; and conducting Rapid Ecological Assessments (REAs) for proposed Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).
Krista has actively contributed to several national research projects, e.g. the GEF FSP – Building a Sustainable National MPA Network in The Bahamas, the Mitigating the Threats of Invasive Alien Species in the Insular Caribbean (MTIASIC) project, Bahamas Protected, and coral restoration and monitoring under the Atlantis Blue Project.
Krista holds numerous instructor level certifications and professional qualifications (e.g. AGRRA Trainer, REEF Check Eco-Diver Trainer, Advanced assessment team member for the Tropical Western Atlantic).
Hobbies: Free diving, SCUBA diving, traveling, dancing, exercising, rock climbing, water sports, music & reading