Kasey Gaylord-Opalewski

Kasey Gaylord-Opalewski

Senior Coordinator of Digital Programs

Kasey Gaylord-Opalewski is the Senior Coordinator of Digital Programs at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, working primarily with SeaTrek.TV interactive video lessons in Mote’s Education, Aquarium & Public Outreach Division. 

Over the years, Kasey has received innumerable accolades for her lively and engaging marine science presentations. She is the on-air educator for SeaTrek.TV interactive lessons and traveling exhibits, develops supporting curriculum and activities, and also helps to coordinate educational programs such as Mote’s High School Intern Program and Science Cafes, both for teens and adults. Kasey specializes in the interpretation and translation of scientific research concepts and utilizes strategic framing techniques to lead complex conversations, such as those focused on climate change. She participated in the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation, a year-long study circle that helps to bring climate change resources and training to Mote’s community of staff, volunteers and visitors. Kasey also assists with Mote’s Volunteer training classes and leads courses for the Florida Master Naturalist Program as a Certified Instructor. She has previous experience in animal husbandry and rehabilitation, working with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, African penguins, California sea lions, Pygmy sperm whales, Rough-toothed dolphins and various species of sea turtles.    


M.S. in Environmental Education, Nova Southeastern University (2006).

Graduate Certificate in Coastal Studies, Nova Southeastern University (2004) 

B.A. in Biology, Minnesota State University - Moorhead (2001)

Awards & Honors

Pinnacle Award, Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (2007-2016) 

Co-Chair for NMEA16, National Marine Educators Association (2016)

Past-President, Florida Marine Science Educators Association (2015 - 2016)

President, Florida Marine Science Educators Association (2014 - 2015)

President-Elect, Florida Marine Science Educators Association (2013 - 2014) 

Southwest Regional Director, Florida Marine Science Educators Association (2011 - 2013)