Welcome to Whitney Lab, Ashley!
Published: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Please welcome Ashley Taylor to Whitney Laboratory as the Sea Turtle Hospital's Veterinary Technician. Growing up in Michigan, Ashley was exposed to the wildlife found in and around the Great Lakes. But it was actually during a trip to the Florida Keys that began her fascination with the amazing life the ocean holds while some pretty little fish nibbled at her toes. After surviving the cold weather for twenty years, Ashley decided to pursue her passion for sea life. She spent three years in Hawaii, and fell in love with sea turtles and the beauty of the ocean. She graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with a bachelor’s degree in marine biology. Ashley completed an internship doing animal husbandry for fishes and invertebrates in Atlanta. She then transferred down to St. Augustine when a position opened up allowing her to do animal husbandry full time. During that time, she worked closely with two non-releasable turtles and managed to gain some experience working with cold-stunned turtles during the 2018 cold-stunning event. Ashley enjoys spending her free time with her partner, their cat and two dogs.