As a South Florida native, Casey has dedicated her efforts towards conserving and restoring her coastal backyard, Biscayne Bay and its surrounding watershed.
Casey joined the Miami Waterkeeper team in March of 2020 and recently completed a 5-year academic program achieving her B.A. in Marine Affairs and Policy and her Master’s of Professional Science degree in Marine Conservation at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.
In her senior year at the University, she worked closely with Miami Waterkeeper’s General Counsel, Kelly Cox, completing a senior thesis in Brownfield Redevelopment. The purpose of this study was to evaluate which brownfield sites in Miami were most susceptible to sea level rise and flooding impacts, cross-referencing these sites with socioeconomic data to determine community vulnerability to potential toxic contamination and compiling this information in a GIS database. The collaborative work helped Regional Planning Councils and other stakeholders secure a Brownfield Coalition Grant this past year.
Casey’s efforts throughout her undergraduate career granted her the “Outstanding Marine Affairs Student,” in the Class of 2019. Casey looks forward to continuing to honor her passion for environmental work in Miami; specifically on restorative work for Biscayne Bay through community engagement efforts.