Dr. MacKay is the founder of MCERC. Her commitment to developing and implementing teaching programs, designed to be inclusive, dynamic, and connect the larger issues in conservation biology facing our planet, continue to be the driving force behind the mission of MCERC.
Dr. MacKay’s research exhibits a strong influence from her background in clinical laboratory medicine, pre-hospital emergency medicine, marine resources management, and marine biology. She has extensive experience in industry, management, research, and education.
Dr. MacKay earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Marine Biology from an interdisciplinary program with a diploma from Texas A&M University – College Station, Texas
A&M at Galveston, and Texas A&M – Corpus Christi. Her Master’s degree in Marine Resources Management was awarded from Texas A&M University and Texas A&M at Galveston.