Courtney grew up in Northern Michigan where she spent most of her free time hiking, stand up paddle boarding, camping, snowboarding and horseback riding. Nature is something that she has always appreciated, as well as respected, and she was fortunate enough to have an upbringing that instilled in her a strong desire to conserve it.
She obtained a B.Sc. from Northern Michigan University, a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Grand Valley State University, and a M.Sc. at the University of Queensland. Having worked with research centers and nonprofit organizations in Puerto Rico, Honduras, South Africa, Ecuador, Peru and Australia, she has a wide breadth of experience in both marine and terrestrial conservation. She has assisted with humpback whale research, monitoring whale shark populations, manatee rehabilitation, coral reef and artificial reef surveys, invasive species eradication on coral reefs, assessments on the impacts of the white shark cage diving industry, and research on human - shark conflict. She currently works in a conservation science-based government role.
Courtney is interested in applied wildlife conservation with one of her key interest areas focused on reducing human-shark conflict through education and awareness. She is currently working to lead PCFML's shark campaign as well as overseeing and managing other campaigns within the organisation.