Courtnie primarily supports The Ocean Foundation’s Blue Resilience Initiative. Her primary responsibility is conducting research on various topics such as marine debris, harmful algal blooms, and the effects of climate change on marine species. She obtained her B.S. in biology and B.A. in geography from The Ohio State University.
Courtnie is originally from Medina, Ohio, and spent her summers on the shores and islands of Lake Erie, which inspired her love of the environment and the water. Besides satisfying her endless curiosity and affection for traveling (she has been in all 50 states), Courtnie enjoys many other hobbies including photography, cooking, and volunteering for various causes.