Our newest marine science educator, Alex Cook, is a native Floridian who has worked at the New England Aquarium. Learn more about her below and help us welcome her to the team!

Where are you from?
Palm Harbor, FL

Where did you go to school and what did you study? 
I studied Marine Sciences at the University of Florida.

Is there something about working at Sanibel Sea School that you are looking most forward to?
I’m so excited to be able to share my love of the ocean with others on the Gulf Coast, especially since the west coast of Florida is where I first fell in love with the ocean myself.

What do you like to do during your time off? 
I love birdwatching, hiking, swimming, diving, painting, and pretty much anything that involves the ocean.


Favorite sea creature: 
This question is always so hard for me, but I can narrow it down to three - green sea turtle, Caribbean spiny lobster, and Floridian manatee.

What's the best music for a weekend at the beach? 
Either Kenny Chesney or The Dirty Heads.

If you could visit any marine ecosystem on the planet, where would you go? 
I would love to dive the Great Barrier Reef in Australia or the Great Blue Hole off of Belize.

Is there anything else you'd like to share about yourself? 
I think fish are insanely cute and I have the same reaction to seeing them as I do when I see a dog or cat!