ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Kelly Thorvalson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology from the College of Charleston and began working with the South Carolina Aquarium in 1999, a year before the Aquarium opened its doors. In addition to helping build the initial animal collection, Kelly helped with the first sea turtles admitted for rehabilitation. For 12 years, Kelly managed the Sea Turtle Care Center, greatly developing the program including a major expansion that opened in 2017. In Kelly’s current position as Conservation Programs Manager, she is helping to advance sea turtle conservation initiatives in relation to plastic pollution, sea level rise, climate change and sustainable seafood.