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Hayley Rutger

Creative Content Manager

Community Relations & Communications

Today's Research for Tomorrow's Oceans


As Creative Content Manager, Hayley Rutger applies her love of science writing, graphic design and photography to support communications for all of the world-class research, education and outreach programs at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium.

Hayley’s work appears in Mote Magazine, exhibits at Mote Aquarium, Mote’s web site, marketing materials, social media, fundraising campaigns and more. She helps the public gain a better understanding of scientific research and marine conservation efforts taking place in Southwest Florida and around the world. Through these efforts, she works to help the Lab fulfill the goals in its guiding “roadmap,” the Beyond 2020 Vision & Strategic Plan.


BS, Biology
Graduate Certificate, Science Communications

Hermes Creative Award, Gold, 2024 — “The Heat is On” fundraising appeal (responsible for all design and writing)
Hermes Creative Award, Platinum, 2024 — Mystery Reef exhibit (content editor, contributing writer, and select coral illustrations)
Hermes Creative Award, Platinum, 2023 — Mote’s 2022 annual report (content editor, primary writer, contributing graphic designer)
Hermes Creative Award, Gold, 2023 — Communications Toolkit expo & campaign
2023 GDUSA In-House design award — Spring 2023 Mote Magazine (editor and contributing designer)
2023 GDUSA In-House design award — 2022 Annual Report (contributing graphic designer and content editor / writer working closely with design lead)