Meet the Team

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Greg Gerwin
Title: Curator
About: I’m originally from Canton, Ohio and moved here to Key West 10 years ago.
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Genya Yerkes
Title: Assistant Curator
About: I moved to Key West from Eustis, Florida in 2004.
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Carolyn Malin
Title: Tour Guide
About: I am originally from central Pennsylvania but resided in Virginia for 40 years. I moved to Key West in August 2016 after my husband passed.

I am crazy about reptiles and amphibians, snorkeling, swamps, and wildflowers. My late husband would say he married me because I knew more about snails than he did!

I don’t have a favorite marine animal but the octopus fascinates me because of its amazing abilities!
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Jesse Joy
Title: Tour Guide
About: I am originally from Clinton, CT and I’ve moved to the Florida Keys twice; once in 2013 and again in September 2016.

I started my career as a “bird nerd”, training a peregrine falcon was a highlight. I’ve also been to my family’s hometown in Italy twice.

My favorite marine animals are orcas. They are very complex, curious creatures that need our protection.
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Kristina Pendleton
Title: Lead Tour Guide
About: I am originally from Waterfort, CT and I moved to the Florida Keys in 2010. I have resided in Key West since January 2017.

I earned my degree in Marine Biology from the University of New Hampshire; I’ve been in the marine science field and working as an outdoor educator for 10 years.

My favorite marine animal is the octopus because it’s incredibly smart, beautiful, and complex.
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Rae Corley
Title: Tour Guide
About: I am originally from Colorado and I moved to Key West in December 2015 to attend our local college.

I play musical instruments and love to draw, paint, and crafts. I graduated from Florida Keys Community College in 2017 with my A.S. in Marine Environmental Technology and I’m a certified AAVS diver.

My favorite marine animal is the octopus because facets of their intelligence rivals dolphins and humans! What’s not to love?
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Matt Rowe
Title: Aquarist
About: I’m originally from Oneonta, NY and I moved to Key West in 2017 to pursue my degree at Florida Keys Community College and to work in coral conservation.

I through-hiked the entire Appalachian Trail (2200 mi) in 2016.

My favorite marine animals are tunicates; they’re the closest invertebrate to vertebrates in the evolutionary tree of life.
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Scott Heidler
Title: Aquarist
About: I am originally from Akron, OH and I moved to Key West in June 2017 after graduating from Bowling Green State University.

I majored in Marine Biology and I want to pursue a career in animal and aquarium husbandry.

My favorite marine animals are sharks and eels.
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Julia Benner
Title: Executive Assistant
About: I am originally from Newark, NJ and I moved here in 2010.

I once traveled 8,011 miles around the country on a Harley Davidson!

My favorite marine animal is the octopus because they have a lot of heart. Literally!
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Pablo Montesino
Title: Assistant Engineer
About: I am originally from Havana, Cuba and I moved to Key West in 1995.

I have a crazy sense of humor, I like to make my teammates laugh.

My favorite marine animals are sea turtles, because they are awesome like me!
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Robert Murphy
Title: Lead Engineer
About: I’m originally from Wisconsin and I moved to Key West in 2007 to never be cold again.

I have completed dives in all of the world’s oceans except the Antarctic.

My favorite marine animals are sharks. I’ve always been fascinated with this apex predator that is so misunderstood.
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