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Marino graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from the University of South Florida in 2021. She then worked locally as a naturalist after completing the Florida Master Naturalist Program – Coastal Systems. While working for Tarpon Bay Explorers, she gained valuable experience caring for mollusks and other local animals in their Touch Tank. She also enjoyed teaching visitors about the importance of mangrove and beach ecology during kayak and cruise tours.
As a Lee County native, Marino took a strong interest in marine life at a young age after spending countless hours boating with her parents and collecting shells along the beaches of Southwest Florida. She enjoys writing, reading, SCUBA diving, identifying shells and Florida flora, and incorporating her love of marine life and shells into art. Her favorite role at the museum is feeding the animals, and her favorite animal in the aquariums is the Flamboyant Cuttlefish.
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