Kendra is an experienced Environmental Scientist specializing in marine and coastal ecosystems with broad professional experience in environmental policy and planning, research, and conservation. Born and raised in Wisconsin, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology from Iowa State University, and a Master of Science degree in Biology with a Marine Biogeochemistry emphasis from the University of West Florida in Pensacola. Her thesis research focused on the impacts of newly introduced artificial reefs on benthic communities, fisheries, and water column biogeochemistry. She spent five years in Hawaii working for the Hawaii Ocean Time-Series project providing oligotrophic ocean field and laboratory research support, as well as with the Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources providing protected species conservation and policy work in collaboration with the NOAA Pacific Islands Regional Office and Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center. Now a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, Kendra has most recently provided consulting support for environmental restoration and protection projects in coastal Louisiana through preparation and review of NEPA and various other environmental review documents and processes.