New Director of IFCNR

New Director of IFCNR

IFCNR is proud to welcome Kelsy Armstrong as Director of IFCNR.

Armstrong possesses many qualities and experiences that will equip IFCNR for success. She joins us after spending five years with the National Park Service, where she put her impressive talents and skills to work. During this time Armstrong utilized her versatility to complete several meritorious tasks, including coral restoration, sea turtle stranding response, and nesting turtle management. Her devotion to the earth, its natural resources, and all of its inhabitants is unprecedented. This passion has led her to teach others how to care for the environment, as well. While working for the National Park Service, Armstrong coordinated the “Alternative Spring Break Program” for college-age volunteers who shared a love of the oceans. She guided these students through beach cleanup expeditions, fostering growth in their knowledge of how to protect and appreciate the world in which we live. Armstrong is SCUBA certified and has earned many awards and honors throughout her education and career.

No stranger to hard work, Kelsy has offered her hand in countless projects that have made a positive impact on the environment. Kelsy and her teams have participated in countless dives to clean up fishing and boating debris. Her tireless work has kept numerous marine species out of danger, improving coastal conditions, as well as providing beach-goers with safe recreation. Even in scorching heat and humidity, Kelsy is ready to dig holes, mulch, water plants, and get down in the dirt working on island restoration projects. Such projects provide or improve habitat for many species and, quite literally, give new life to a variety of wildlife.

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, Kelsy has helped salvage and restore threatened elkhorn coral. By cutting fragments that land in sand or in the improper orientation and then hanging the pieces on “trees” in the coral nursery, these fragments are then placed securely back on park reefs, thereby helping promote the long-term survival of this beautiful coral.

Not only is Kelsy an advocate for the earth and all its inhabitants, but she also works tirelessly and selflessly to teach others about conservation and what they can do to help our planet. Kelsy truly embodies all that IFCNR stands for, and we are proud to welcome her to our team. IFCNR congratulates Kelsy on her accomplishments and looks forward to the bright future ahead!

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